Mum wins National Lottery after losing eye to cancer in £100k scratchcard joy

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Days after being free of cancer, a woman has won a £100,000 top prize on The National Lottery’s Lions Share Doubler Scratchcard.

Louise Tate, a 42-year-old mum from Sunderland was celebrating her complete recovery from melonama, a type of skin cancer that she developed under her eye during the lockdown.

Louise popped in a Morrisons while waiting for her husband Stuart to finish work, when she decided to buy a £2 National Lottery Scratchcard with some spare change she had.

When she scratched her card, she was shocked to see three lucky elephants – landing her the top prize of £100k.

Just days earlier, Louise received the news she had prayed for, the all-clear from a melanoma which had developed behind her eye during lockdown.

Louise underwent surgery to remove her left eye having been given no other real alternative, before having a prosthetic eye fitted earlier this year.

And it was throughout her treatment that Louise developed a love of elephants – believing they would bring her the good luck she needed to get her through one of the most difficult periods in her life.

Louise said: “The last six months have been incredibly difficult at times and my family and friends have been hugely supportive and rallied round. At one point some friends suggested that elephants bring you luck.

“I felt I needed enormous amounts of luck so I started to collect them – every time I went out I would try to buy an elephant and friends would arrive at the house with elephant ornaments for me too. I now have almost 30 throughout my home!

“I just couldn’t quite believe it when I bought the scratchcard and I scratched three “very lucky” elephants, scooping me the top prize of £100k!

Louise, a Pharmacy Assistant, shouted at her husband to stop the car as soon as she scratched the National Lottery card and revealed the three elephants.

She added: “Stuart just thought I was winding him up and kept saying you have got it wrong. I kept saying, no, I haven’t, you really MUST stop the car!

“He did eventually pull over and I don’t know who was more shocked. I think we both went through every emotion, from joy, to shock to breaking down in tears. Neither of us could believe it. In fact, I don’t think it was until we called Camelot and then saw the six figure sum land in our bank account that we started to believe this really was happening and totally true!”

Louise said she now intends to treat herself to a very special gold elephant pendant and also adopt an elephant with her winnings.

Paying off the mortgage and a family holiday to Florida, with the couple’s 10 year old daughter and six year old son, are also high on the bucket list.

Both Louise and Stuart, 45, a Parts Advisor in a garage, have no plans to give up work or move house but say the win will also enable them to carry out some home renovations they have always wanted to do but never been able to afford.

The Lions Share Doubler Scratchcard from The National Lottery has a 1 in 4.08 overall chance of winning a prize. The game costs £2 and prizes range from £2 up to the top prize of £100,000.

By playing any National Lottery game, players generated an average of £36M each week for National Lottery-funded projects in 2020/21. This money helps support everything from the local charity making a difference where you live through to helping our nation’s athletes win Olympic and Paralympic gold medals.

To date, over £43BN has been raised and distributed to National Lottery Good Causes through more than 635,000 individual grants.

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