CHRISTMAS has come early for Sheffield supermarket worker Barbara Clack as she celebrates a £100,714 Lotto win.
Barbara Clack, a checkout supervisor at Sainsbury’s in Archer Road, Millhouses, for 25 years, didn’t realise that she had won until the following Saturday when she asked a colleague to check her ticket she had bought at the store a week earlier.
“As soon as we knew how much I’d won, it went ballistic,” she said. “My colleagues were running from everywhere to congratulate me. They sat me down in the café with a cup of tea and I called my husband to let him know the news.”
Barbara, aged 60, was planning to retire when she receives her pension in May and is now looking forward to a more comfortable retirement. The win also means that she can carry out a lifelong promise to take seven-year-old granddaughter Rosie to Florida.
She said: “I put a few lines on every Saturday and always get my colleague to check my ticket from the previous week’s draw when I buy my new lines. It came up that I needed to call Camelot to claim the prize so she thought I might have won more than £500. It was only when another colleague checked how much the prize was for that draw for matching five numbers and the bonus ball that I realised how much I’d won. I couldn’t believe it.”
Other treats include a diamond ring. A new car is also on the cards – when her current one, which is a good runner, gives up the ghost.
Her family has been modest with requests. Husband Christopher, a retired painter and decorator, has asked for two new tyres for his car and, having helped out her two grown-up sons over the years, they have told her that they don’t need anything, insisting that she deserves every penny.