Dream win for Brighton lifeguard

Harmony Dawes came down to breakfast and said, “I dreamt I won the lottery last night.” To which her dad replied, “Don’t you remember last night? You’ve actually won the lottery, you’ve won £10,000 every month for a whole year!”

Harmony said, “I’m not sure how I’d forgotten Dad bursting into my room in the early hours of Friday morning screaming that I’d won the lottery, but it really felt like a dream. In fact, even now it’s been confirmed, it still feels like a dream. Every time I think about my win I’m waiting for someone to tell me it’s one big joke, it’s ridiculous, this sort of thing doesn’t happen to people like me!”

This lucky Brighton resident matched 5 numbers in the Set For Life draw on Thursday 26th March.

Like much of the country, Harmony has been at home since the lockdown was announced, and furloughed from her lifeguard apprenticeship. She said “My mum is a key worker, working with Brighton’s homeless, so I know how lucky I am to have a safe place to live during lockdown but it’s still tough to keep positive. Although we can’t do much with the win at the moment, just knowing something good has happened has made those around me happier and a little more upbeat and that’s got to be a good thing.”

Crediting her late uncle with the win, Harmony said, “Sadly I never met my uncle – my dad’s brother – he died before I was born but he’s been an influence in my life, possibly because I’m really close to my dad. Dad knows my numbers because the ones I use for my Set for Life ticket are ones that meant something to my uncle, plus his birthday and his age when he died. Maybe this is him giving us all something to look forward to when we’ve all got through this.”

Harmony’s already got plans for spending her win; once things start to get back to normal she’s looking forward to taking her family on a holiday. She said, “Last year we went to Tenerife, we all agreed we’d love to go again but next time stay in a villa so we’ve been saving a little bit every month ever since with the plan that in a few years we could. Now, because of a lump of luck, we can all go sooner once it is safe to travel and nobody has to save for it.”

Harmony’s a keen horse rider and she’s looking forward to getting back in the saddle. She said, “I’ve been really lucky and ridden since I was two. Last year I sold my horse hoping to get something bigger but I never seemed to have enough money, especially on an apprenticeship wage. Bizarrely, the night before I discovered the win, my best friend and I were messaging and even said we needed to find a way to get money quick so I could get another horse.”

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9th April 2020

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