Lucky Loki is Kim’s Lottery charm
A couple from Upminster who gave a rescue dog a new home are looking to re-home themselves thanks to a win which will see them bank £10,000 every month for a whole year.
Kim and Rich Pearson adopted Loki, a rescue dog from Portugal, six months ago. Now the couple are looking forward to finding their own dream home after matching the five main numbers in the Set For Life draw on Monday 11th May 2020.
Kim, 33, said, “For a couple of years we’ve put all the luxuries, like meals out and holidays, on hold so we could save for a deposit, but when we saw Loki needed a home he became our essential, not a luxury. We can’t help thinking that maybe fate decided to help give us a home because we’d given Loki his forever home.”
The couple’s winning adventure started when, on a whim, Kim played online on the National Lottery website.
Kim said, “I play the lottery every now and then and usually just Lotto, so I’ve no idea why I decided to try my luck with the Set For Life draw that night. I bought three lines – two Lucky Dips and one with our own numbers.
“The following morning I was walking Loki before settling down to work and saw an email on my phone with news about my ticket. I assumed it was a few quid so didn’t bother to check it properly until later that morning when I was back at my desk. I logged on and saw it was just a bit more than a few quid!”
Kim, an office manager, was stunned. She remembers sitting at her desk and staring at the screen for a good two minutes before bounding up the stairs to the bedroom and jumping on Rich. She screamed, "We’ve won the lottery!"
Rich, a 30-year-old key worker in the infrastructure sector, said, “I had been working a night shift so was in the deepest sleep when Kim jumped on me. I had no idea what she was on about to begin with, but it quickly sunk in when she showed me her phone and how much we’d won. It was certainly one of the more surreal starts to the day!”
The pair immediately called Camelot to confirm the win. Kim continued with her work commitments and Rich got ready for his night shift.
Kim said, “It was a really strange day. It was such a crazy experience that we spent most of the day just grinning at one another. Then Rich went off to work so I had a glass of wine and celebrated with Loki!”
The win means the couple can look forward to good times with friends and family when it is safe to do so. They will also start a serious hunt for their dream house. A property with a lovely garden for Loki is top of the couple’s ‘must have’ list.
Kim said, “This is a strange time to win because we haven’t been able to celebrate with those closest to us but when we safely can, that celebration will be all the sweeter. We will definitely be treating everyone, and we may think about a holiday to see family in New Zealand, but all that is some way off. So for now, we will keep ourselves safe, keep Loki entertained and out of mischief, and crack on with our house hunt.”
In the current situation, National Lottery players are encouraged to play online at national-lottery.co.uk or by downloading the National Lottery app, and to only buy their tickets in retail as part of their essential shop. Playing online via the website or app means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize. You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery app to check if you’re a winner.
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21st May 2020
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