Lottery winner receives huge cheque – but family ban her from jackpot tradition

People’s Postcode Lottery winners can be forgiven for breaking into the classic 'someone's knocking at the door' song as they pick up their jackpot cheques.

But when Lilian Wood's family found out she had won, they were quick to ban her from giving the assembled photographers and reporters a rendition of her own.

Hotel boss Lilian scooped £30,000 playing People's Postcode Lottery when her postcode KA30 8PX, in Largs, Scotland, was picked as a winner.

Lilian was asked if she'd sing on receiving her cheque, to which she laughed and replied: "No, I've been told I'm not allowed to do that.

"I've been told 'no singing, mum – not the song!'"

Lilian and her husband Willie own the Woodhouse Hotel in Largs and have had a challenging time during the pandemic and the win comes at a perfect time.

She said: 'It’s been a very difficult 18 months for everybody in the hospitality industry not just us in a seaside town in Largs.

"When we were in lockdown last year it would have probably been our busiest months, whereas this year at least we’re opened up for the summer."

The couple plan to spend the winnings on a well-earned holiday in January next year to South Africa. Lilian added: "It will certainly help with a holiday in January when we can hopefully get away somewhere. We might go back to South Africa because we like it so much."

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her congratulations to the winners. She said: “I’m over the moon for our winner! What a great way to kick off the weekend. I’m sure Lilian will enjoy treating her family as well as taking a well-deserved holiday to South Africa.”

People’s Postcode Lottery costs £10 a month to play and there are guaranteed winners every day. People play with their chosen postcode and are automatically entered into all draws.

It’s not just players who win with People’s Postcode Lottery – good causes win too. With a minimum of 33% from each ticket going to charity, players have raised more than £750million for over 9,000 charities and good causes. Players must be 18+. BeGambleAware.org

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