A grandmother hailed a COVID-19 hero by her local community is one of 970 People’s Postcode Lottery players in Nottingham’s NG16 5 postcode sector winning a share of £3.1million.
Kath Scott, 72, who selflessly sewed scrubs for NHS staff and did shopping for the vulnerable, won £140,909. When her cheque was revealed, Kath celebrated by giving her partner of over 20 years, Alan, a big hug and a kiss. She went on to add: “I cannot believe this, I cannot believe this money!
“I’ve been at this postcode for 53 years – good things come to those who wait!”
NG16 5 was announced as August’s Postcode Millions winner on Saturday 28th August.
Kath and six of her neighbours won £140,909 each, the biggest share of the £3.1 million prize, thanks to playing with the full winning postcode – NG16 5NL.
Two of her neighbours increased their prizes to £281,818 and £563,636 thanks to playing with two and four tickets.
Kath, a retired factory machinist, started sewing scrubs and masks for NHS and care home staff after seeing a request on Facebook.
She said: “I knew the NHS needed help so I just did what I could. I made hundreds, they went to local hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and care homes.
“It was hard work but it didn’t matter – I knew it was all going to a good cause.”
Community-minded Kath also plans to spend a portion of her prize by buying a defibrillator for the local Post Office.
She said: “We had a defibrillator that was vandalised and we’ve been raising money to have it replaced but we need more than one, so I’m going to get one for the Post Office.”
With four grandchildren, Kath’s biggest plans for her prize involve treating them. She said: “I’ve just called them on FaceTime and given £100,000 away already! We don’t necessarily want much for ourselves and Alan has Parkinson’s so we won’t be going on a big holiday, instead, we’ll do what we can to help others.”
Kath went on to joke: “If Alan’s lucky he might get the £9 that’s left over!”
Also winning big was Kath’s next-door neighbour of 26 years, 53-year-old Wayne Smith.
Wayne was in disbelief when he was contacted by the lottery, but once he realised it was the real deal, he said he was ‘shaking like a leaf and. “Brinkwire Summary News”.