Lucky grandmother hits the £1m jackpot

CREDIT - Jonathan Pow / rossparry.co.uk''Lottery winning granny and grandad Joan Nicholson (71) and Malcolm (69) celebrating after winning �1 Million on the National Lottery's Monopoly Scratchcard. The couple live in Castleford, near Leeds, West Yorkshire.

CREDIT - Jonathan Pow / rossparry.co.uk''Lottery winning granny and grandad Joan Nicholson (71) and Malcolm (69) celebrating after winning �1 Million on the National Lottery's Monopoly Scratchcard. The couple live in Castleford, near Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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A LUCKY grandmother from Allerton Bywater has hit the jackpot after winning a whopping £1 million on a scratchcard.

Joan Nicholson, 71, bought the winning scratchcard from a newsagents while out shopping in Leeds with husband Malcolm, 69, on Saturday.

It wasn’t until she got home that she played the £5 Monopoly card to reveal the winning figures.

Mrs Nicholson, who bought the card with £10 she had won earlier in the week on a different scratchcard, said: “By the time we had got home I’d forgotten about the ticket. We had our tea and sat down to watch television and I realised I hadn’t scratched it yet.”

Mrs Nicholson showed the ticket to her husband but still didn’t believe it could be the winning one, so took it to a newsagents on Leeds Road, Allerton Bywater, for confirmation.

She added: “When the man said it was a winner he was trying to keep quiet because of all the people in the shop but I was so excited. It still hasn’t hit me yet, I can’t explain what it feels like.”

Mr and Mrs Nicholson – who have two sons and five grandchildren – rent their house and are hoping to buy a home for themselves and use some of their winnings to celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary on March 14.

Mrs Nicholson said: “We’re hoping to buy a bungalow. I like where I live so maybe somewhere in Allerton Bywater or Kippax.

“A lot of the money will go to my sons and there will be treats for the grandchildren. One of our grandaughters was asking if she could have a laptop last week and this win may mean she gets her wish.”

Mr Nicholson, who worked as a caretaker at Kippax North J&I school before retiring, added: “We are very pleased but really money is money, it comes and goes. It’s health that matters, and we’re not doing too badly.”