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Belfast woman wins £300,000 in National Lottery scratchcard win

Cleaner wins thousands on her way to work and then does her usual shift

Published 09/09/2015

Maureen Wilkinson with her daughter Kimberley McCaughey at the Culloden Hotel.
Maureen Wilkinson with her daughter Kimberley McCaughey at the Culloden Hotel.
Northern Ireland international football captain Steven Davis was on hand to held Maureen celebrate her £300,000 win.

A Belfast woman is celebrating after winning a massive £300,000 on a National Lottery scratchcard.

Maureen Wilkinson from the Cregagh estate made the shock discovery as her son took her to work.

Incredibly after realising she had won the jackpot and asked her son to confirm it, the cleaner continued to work and completed her usual five-hour shift.

The 58-year-old bought the Bejeweled Scratchcard in her local Mace in Greenway.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said the 58-year-old.

“I felt sick and was sure that I’d done something wrong. 

"I asked my son to stop the car but he couldn’t as we were in traffic but when we came to the next set of traffic lights, he had a quick look and told me that I hadn’t gone mad… and that I’d really won £300K.

“He dropped me off at work and I did my usual five-hour shift without saying a word to any of my colleagues, before going home to try and come to terms with what had just happened. 

"I certainly had an extra spring in my step at work that day though.

“I bought the scratchcard on a Sunday so wasn’t able to phone the National Lottery claim line until the next day when, much to my joy - and relief - they confirmed that I was a winner."

Maureen is a regular player of The National Lottery’s Gamestore scratchcards and also occasionally plays the EuroMillions. 

She plans to spend the money on some new furniture and possible a new car for the family, although she doesn't drive.

“I think I’m still in shock,” continued Maureen.

“I’ll not be going mad with my winnings and I won’t be leaving my job.  I plan to keep my feet well and truly on the ground and try to do what’s best with the money.”

Maureen lives with her long-term partner Joseph and has four sons, one daughter and three grandchildren.  She’s looking forward to a special family Christmas.

She added: “Christmas will be upon us before we know it and I’m looking forward to spending it and some of my winnings, with my family."

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