December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 21, 2013
A stunned family of four from north Norfolk have been revealed as the lucky winners of the EDP’s special Lotto draw, scooping themselves £20,000.
Laura Holyland, her husband Karl and children Michael, nine, and Nathaniel, eight, are now looking forward to a “fresh start” and a very merry Christmas, after their ticket was picked from thousands of entries.
And the win prompted tears of joy from Mrs Holyland when we surprised her on her North Walsham doorstep with a bottle of bubbly.
The 32-year-old said she felt sheer “disbelief” after being told she had won.
“It’s unbelievable. My brain is still processing it,” she added. “It’s come at a really good time. Christmas was going to be very low key and not going out, we’d even said we’d just keep it to kids only.
“Me and Karl don’t really have a Christmas so it would be nice to be able to buy for each other.”
Mrs Holyland, a banking customer adviser, entered herself and Karl, 41, a forklift driver, into the competition online after her mum spotted it in the paper and told her about it.
But she never thought she would be picked as the winner.
“I thought ‘it’s worth a go’,” she said. “If you’re not in it you won’t win it. So I did it for me and my husband and my sister did it and her husband as well. I didn’t think anything would come of it.”
Her ticket, along with another from the online entries and two postal entries, was picked at random as the four finalists before being sent to Camelot for verification. Mrs Holyland’s ticket was then plucked as the winner.
She said the money would allow the family to take a “new step” after they had endured an “awful” year.
“It will make me debt free,” she added. “It’s walking into a new step of life that I haven’t been into before. It’s a new chapter for me and my family.”
The winnings will also pay for some home comforts, including a new three-piece suite and the remainder of the kitchen renovation, and Mrs Holyland hopes it will also fund a long-awaited gift from Karl.
“I might actually get an engagement ring,” she said. “It was our 10th wedding anniversary this year and I said ‘can I finally get an engagement ring?’. I might get one of them now.”
The Lotto competition marks the biggest cash prize the EDP has given away yet, and Archant Anglia promotions manager Louisa Harris said she was delighted to hand it to the Holyland family.
She added: “For us it’s lovely, you can see the difference it makes. To get to the end of the competition and see the people who benefit is lovely.”