Win has Teresa and Charlie looking forward to island life
When Teresa Robinson, a Community Nurse from Suffolk, realised she’d won a Set For Life prize of £10,000 a month for a year, she could barely contain her excitement.
But her partner, self-employed builder Charlie Hobson, didn’t miss a beat. Teresa said, “We buy our own tickets but we always share the winnings, so when I scanned my ticket and heard the winning sound I expected to see enough for a little treat for our supper, not for a second was I expecting £10,000 a month for the year! I was bouncing off the walls but Charlie, calm as you like, looked at it and simply said ‘I knew we’d win it one day’, gave me a kiss and went outside to carry on building our extension!”
Teresa, 65, who will retire in June 2021 after 35 years of nursing, is looking forward to spending more time in the Caribbean sun. The small island of Nevis, where 62-year-old Charlie’s family is from, is a particular favourite.
Teresa said, “I’ve nursed all over the world in all sorts of conditions but never have I been tested as much as in the last 12 months. At times it’s been truly horrendous. Having said that, I’m proud to have served my community throughout the pandemic and feel that I have earned my retirement and the lazy days we will spend on Nevis, once it’s safe to travel.”
Teresa and Charlie’s Set For Life adventure began when they went to the local Post Office and each bought a Lucky Dip ticket for the Set For Life draw on 15th April. The couple were enjoying a cup of tea together the following morning when Teresa checked her ticket and realised she’d won a prize.
Teresa called her 2 daughters to share the exciting news, before calling Camelot to confirm the win. She said, “I was on duty all weekend so our celebrations on Friday were a little muted, with a cup of coffee replacing the Champagne we should have been drinking to toast the win. And my first purchase as a National Lottery winner wasn’t too frivolous either: a packet of wooden pegs from the village shop!”
Teresa and Charlie, who have been together for 4 years, acknowledge they have plenty to celebrate. She said, “We feel so blessed to be together and already had so many exciting plans, even before this amazing win.”
7th May 2021
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