In it to win it

In it to win it

A lottery winner went to BINGO hours after scooping a £1m jackpot – which she plans to spend on a new mobility scooter and hearing aid.

Retired factory worker Maggie Pendergast, 79, enters the Euromillions draw every week with pal Steve Kerr, 57.

But she was “stunned” to get lucky and win £1m plus a holiday to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earlier this month.

With the win not properly sinking in, Maggie went out to her usual Saturday night game of Bingo – keeping tight-lipped about her new-found winnings.

Maggie, from Langford, Beds., said: “I get two EuroMillions Lucky Dip tickets every week and Steve has a couple too.

“I always get the tickets for the Friday night draw and always check the tickets on the Saturday morning before sometimes going out to see family and friends.

“I checked the numbers on the TV. I looked, looked again and then stared at the TV.

“Steve came around, we were both a bit shocked and stunned.

“Both our minds were, well, on another planet and we had to ask my daughter-in-law Sue to call the National Lottery hotline to stake our claim for us.

“I can’t honestly remember any other part of that Saturday other than going out to Bingo in the evening but I never told a soul as I just couldn’t believe it was really happening.”

Maggie and Steve, an engineer from Biggleswade, Beds., also won the Ultimate Rio Experience prize.

They will travel business-class to Rio, stay in the 5* Belmond Copacaban Palace for ten nights whilst enjoying a helicopter ride above Christ the Redeemer, a Jeep safari tour, a sunset cruise plus other prizes.

Steve, 57, said: “It was only when the man from the Lottery said so, we realised we had won another prize.”

Steve, 57, is a family friend who helps Maggie with the shopping and trips out.

The pair have decided to take Maggie’s son Jason on the trip of a lifetime to Rio along with his wife Sue and their son and Maggie’s grandson Jolon.

Widowed Maggie also has another son and daughter and seven other grandchildren.

She said: “I will use the money to buy a new mobility scooter, a new hearing aid and a new bed. I will use the rest to help everyone in my family.”

Maggie and Steve bought their winning ticket from Morrisons in Letchworth, Herts.