Maesglas, Newport family scoops £333,333 in Post Code Lottery win

South Wales Argus: Maesglas family scoops £333,333 in Post Code Lottery win Maesglas family scoops £333,333 in Post Code Lottery win

A NEWPORT family have said they will have a new life after winning a six-figure sum playing the People's Postcode Lottery.

Jacqui Howell, 41, screamed when she discovered she had won £333,333 live on stage at the Newport Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Two other winners who live in the NP20 3BJ postcode have decided to remain anonymous.

The postcode lottery presented by Scott Quinnell had been selected last month but the big winners were only revealed at a party on Saturday.

Mrs Howell lives in Maesglas with her husband and four daughters Lara, 17, Gabrielle, 14, Sienna and Freya, both seven.

She said of the win: "It's a new life for us. I can't tell you how difficult the last few years have been for us all while I was studying at university.

"Money has been so tight, and the kids have gone without, so now I will be able to spoil my family, cut down my extra hours and be at home more often."

Mrs Howell has recently qualified as a nurse and is due to start her new job at a learning disability home in Penhow next Monday.

Husband Dave, 43, described her as "wonderwoman."

He said: "For the last five years, she has been working night shifts at the local nursing bank, then going to univerisity and studying for the day, before coming home and being a mum.

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"It was our anniversary two days ago, and we had no money to celebrate it," said Mr Howell, deputy manager at Newport homeless hostel Solas.

"This win changes everything. Every day is a struggle at the moment. Now we can pay off our mortgage, and all our debts."

Mrs Howell already has plans on how they will spend their surprise win.

She said: "We haven't had a beach holiday for seven years, so we would love to take the girls to Kenya, where Dave and I got married 12 years ago."

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4:23pm Sun 28 Oct 12

VoiceOfDaPort says...

Congratulations to all the winners
Congratulations to all the winners VoiceOfDaPort
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5:42pm Sun 28 Oct 12

Independentvoter says...

Isn't it great to hear some good news for a change. It could not of happened to a nicer person, studying whilst holding down a night shift job, her husband working in a homeless hostel too. They totally deserve some luck ! Good Luck and Enjoy !!!
Isn't it great to hear some good news for a change. It could not of happened to a nicer person, studying whilst holding down a night shift job, her husband working in a homeless hostel too. They totally deserve some luck ! Good Luck and Enjoy !!! Independentvoter
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6:18pm Sun 28 Oct 12

gatty says...

yep great news but how much has they story been put on like butter, its good promo for the post code lottery aint it. lottery, health lottery,post code lottery its all a con the only winners are them the rest of us just fill their bank accounts and keep Scott Quinnell and all them celeb happy.... anyway hope they dont waste it :)
yep great news but how much has they story been put on like butter, its good promo for the post code lottery aint it. lottery, health lottery,post code lottery its all a con the only winners are them the rest of us just fill their bank accounts and keep Scott Quinnell and all them celeb happy.... anyway hope they dont waste it :) gatty
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7:32pm Mon 29 Oct 12

maryring says...

I know this amazing family personally and believe me the story about there life is not put on !! They are an extremly hard working couple and yes Jacqui has been studying full time in university for 5 years and has just qualified as a nurse!! During this time she has worked nights on the nursing bank and then once her uni done home to be an amazing mum. Dave works in the homeless hostel and has supported her in all she has achieved. I can honestly say this is such a well deserved win. This lovely family have also had some very hard times over the last few years so it makes the win even better. Good luck to them and enjoy the money ****
I know this amazing family personally and believe me the story about there life is not put on !! They are an extremly hard working couple and yes Jacqui has been studying full time in university for 5 years and has just qualified as a nurse!! During this time she has worked nights on the nursing bank and then once her uni done home to be an amazing mum. Dave works in the homeless hostel and has supported her in all she has achieved. I can honestly say this is such a well deserved win. This lovely family have also had some very hard times over the last few years so it makes the win even better. Good luck to them and enjoy the money **** maryring
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