Lotto winner Jill not so unlucky

Jill celebrates her win with husband David
Jill celebrates her win with husband David

First the ex-traffic warden landed her first job after 17 years – and then found out she had won £65,000 from a £2 losing Irish Lotto bet!

Castle Douglas woman Jill Crow, aged 46 , hit the jackpot under the bookie’s exclusive nationwide promotion which allows all lottery tickets to go in a weekly draw to win cash prizes even if the bet has lost!

Each week Betfred boss Fred Done draws out 15 prizes of £1000 and £500 consolation prize winners but any unclaimed money after two months goes into a one-off jackpot – and that was won by mother of one Jill.

She said today: “I have been unlucky all my life particularly when applying for jobs. It’s a joke that I’m the unlucky one but not any more. I just can’t believe what’s happened, it’s brilliant our lives will be changed forever. I keep pinching myself.”

Jill was already celebrating landing her new job as a café assistant at the Clatteringshores Loch beauty spot near the family home at Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway which she begins this weekend.

But then she beat the deadline by just eight hours to claim the jackpot prize having got only one number in her losing bet on March 3.

Jill and her motor mechanic husband David together with 16-year-old daughter Caisley have already started thinking about how they’ll be spending their winnings.

“First I can pay off what I owe on my car and David can have a new motorbike, “ said Jill. “Caisley can have her driving lessons paid for now and then there are holidays to think about. The Isle of Skye would be nice, its somewhere I would love to visit. We’re in council rent so we could look at getting our own place now…and then there is the new fridge freezer we could do with!”

She went on : “The only time I ever have a bet is the Grand National - and as everyone knows I’m unlucky. Our neighbour kept regularly winning six or seven hundred pounds or so on the Irish Lotto so we thought we’d give it a go last November then this happens.” Jill, who first met David in the Sea cadets in Leeds as youngsters and have been married ten years, added: “What a change in fortune, a new job and all this money coming our way. The strange thing is we have won £65,000 because we lost.”

Betfred boss Fred said: “To win so much from a losing bet because of our prize draw is fantastic. Good luck to the family. I’m hoping for a complimentary cuppa when I’m next over the border and visit the loch.”