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Christmas Comes Early for £100K Tewkesbury Winner Who Celebrated with Extra Naan Bread

A Tewkesbury mother convinced her daughter of her £100k National Lottery Scratchcard win by taking her out for a curry dinner – and ordering Naan bread with it as a celebratory treat!

Mandy Carter (52), was having trouble convincing her daughter Hannah (22), of her windfall, until she suggested going out for dinner – which they rarely do – and then encouraged her to order whatever she fancied.

Mandy, who has had a particularly challenging few months at work as a Dementia Carer, handed in her notice shortly after her top prize win on the life-changing £100,000 Christmas Countdown scratchcard. She is looking forward to three months’ ‘time out’ to take stock and have a little time to herself.

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“This couldn’t have come at a better time for us,” says Mandy; who bought the winning scratchcard with the £2 winnings from another scratchcard. “It was the last Christmas Countdown scratchcard left and was just visible in the stand, so I thought it must be worth a go.

“Wednesday also marked a year since my Dad passed away and I truly think he is watching down on me. The clutch had gone on Hannah’s 12-plate Kia on Monday, so we’ve been able to have that fixed straight away and have both had our cars valeted as the first of many treats – along with the lovely curry we had out!

“We rarely eat out as I’m usually working late hours, but Hannah didn’t believe I had won, until I arranged for us to eat out and showed her the scratchard. She then asked, ‘Can I have a Naan with my curry then?’”

Mandy is also planning a family holiday to Tenerife in the New Year with Hannah, her mum Marilyn, her younger sister Karen and her brother in law and nephew.

“If it wasn’t for Men’s Sheds, I wouldn’t be here today”


“The biggest relief has been to be able to pay off debts and bills for both me and Hannah – that is a wonderful feeling. I’ve never been a big spender and am not a frivolous person. I can’t imagine ever being interested in designer purchases, but to be able to start over with a clean slate feels just fabulous. This win gives me peace of mind and that’s priceless.”


Mandy bought her winning £100,000 Christmas Countdown scratchcard at Morrisons, Tewkesbury. There is a 1 in 4 overall chance of winning a prize on the £100,000 Christmas Countdown scratchcard. The card costs £2 and prizes range from £2 up to the top prize of £100,000.


The National Lottery changes the lives of winners like Mandy as well as communities across the UK – players raise, on average, around £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.