A few months ago, a couple who lost their son to the coronavirus finally received some good news when they won the lottery. The pair put the money to use in a special way.
In July, an Essex couple won the lottery twice in two weeks. The bittersweet winning streak has managed to put a smile on their faces after their tragic loss.
The 74-year-old Susan Slater and her husband of 55 years experienced a tragedy this year after their son Steve succumbed to Covid-19. Fortunately, they got some good news recently.
Woman covers her mouth in disbelief as she reacts to the news that she has won the lottery | Photo: Twitter/BBCEssex
The pair won £1,000 (about $1,400) in their People’s Postcode Lottery, which was revealed on July 15. Two weeks later, they found out that they were in luck again.
The second time they were lucky winners, the prize money was a substantial amount. They won a bumper prize of £30,000 (about $41,300). This money allowed Mrs. Slater to plan a big memorial in celebration of her son's life.
CELEBRATING THEIR SON
The grieving mother expressed that she wanted to celebrate her son properly, and with the help of her community and lottery winnings, it is possible.
"Lots of people are helping me to do it. It’s old Canvey and we are a really close-knit group. I just want everyone to come and raise a glass for Steve."
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador holds up a cheque to show a woman that she has won £30,000 (about $41,300) in the lottery | Photo: Twitter/BBCEssex
The moment was special to Mrs. Slater, who detailed the experience as something unimaginable. She stated that she initially thought it was a joke that someone was playing on her.
She added: "Nowhere in my imagination did I think I was going to be lucky enough to win £30,000." Apart from the memorial celebrations, the pensioner intends to spend some money on her other family members.
USING THE MONEY
She said that her daughter, daughter-in-law, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren would all be "getting a little bit" of the winnings.
The Slaters also indicated that they love a good holiday, so now they could plan something special. Mrs. Slater outlined that she would be taking a nice long cruise with her husband.
The People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Matt Johnson also spoke about his joy in sharing the good news with Mrs. Slater and her family.
"It’s been a very tough year for her and the family and I’m especially happy that we could bring her and the neighbours who have rallied round them a bit of good news."
Online members congratulated the lucky family, and many were happy to hear that the lottery winnings went to a family that really needed some encouragement.
One user remarked: "Wow, this is awesome news through difficult times … Sending prayers." Another shared this sentiment and said: "Way to go there, you have it. A wonderful win and it only gets better."