Christmas has come early for a mum-of-two from Skegness with a £500,000 win on The National Lottery.
Natasha Fludder, 31, is searching for a new home and buying Christmas gifts for the family after winning the top Thunderball prize during the draw on Saturday, December 7. The winning numbers were 15, 23, 24, 26, and 28 and Natasha’s lucky Thunderball number of 12.
Natasha, who has sons aged 4 and 7, always buys her Thunderball tickets from Tesco on Richmond Drive in Skegness. She was standing in Tesco on Friday, December 6 when she decided to buy an extra ticket, which turned out to be a winner.
Natasha said: “After living in rented accommodation all the boys’ life, the first thing I’ll do is buy a home. I’ve already been looking through estate agent windows.
“My eldest son has Downs Syndrome and to have our own place will be just great for him. He also has a fair amount of specialist equipment which needs a lot of space.
“Apart from that I haven’t decided, but obviously Christmas will be extra special for all the family with lots of treats for everyone.”
After finding out the news, Natasha tried to call her sister before phoning to speak to her mum, but at the time she was thinking “this can’t be real”. She then waited until the Sunday morning to call Camelot and confirm her winnings.
She said: “My eldest son wouldn’t go to sleep so I thought I’d check my phone for the Thunderball numbers whilst he dosed off.
“I always choose random numbers, but have number 12 as my Thunderball as it’s my birthday. For some reason for this draw I marked down on the play slip four twenty-something numbers plus 15.
“Looking at my phone I noticed I had matched 26 and with my 12 I had won a fiver. Then I saw I had actually matched four numbers which was £100 and thought that’s great. Then I noticed number 15 meaning I had won £5,000. I was at this point praying I was right and had won £5,000 when I remembered my Thunderball was 12, the number I always have and it was the jackpot.”