Millionaire keeps shelves stacked

Elaine Thompson won £2.7Million on The National Lottery in 1995 but she’s at work stacking shelves on the night shift to help others.

Elaine has been working in the food hall of a retailer for 8 years and says that, even working nights, it is something she enjoys. “I love it. It’s meeting people and working with others, I really enjoy being part of a team and I’ve made some great friends.”

With a shift that starts at 2am, even the antisocial hours don’t get her down. She said, “My two children never slept so I’ve got used to having very little sleep. If I’m awake I may as well go out and work.”

She does however admit that the last few weeks have been strange. “I never thought that I would see queues outside of a shop.”

Elaine, and her husband Derek won a £2.7Million Lotto jackpot just before Christmas 1995, when The National Lottery was just a year old. The couple won on their 17th wedding anniversary and this year will be celebrating their 42nd!

Their win enabled Elaine and Derek to support their family, Elaine said, “The win meant that my kids could be the first in our family to go to university and also got them both on the property ladder. My son had his own house at 24 when it is so hard these days. With just a line on the lottery what more could you ask for?”

Elaine even got to visit No.10 to meet the Prime Minister, which Elaine giggles at the memory of: “Who’d have thought a girl like me from Newcastle would be in No.10 with Tony Blair, amazing!”

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14th April 2020

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