A mum-of-five is celebrating after winning a whopping £300,000 on a National Lottery scratchcard.
Julie Whaling, from Lundwood, who plays two scratchcard games every week, couldn’t believe her eyes as the matching numbers were revealed one by one.
Julie, 47, who works as a packer at Manor Bakeries, said: “I was getting ready to head off to work but thought I’d just play the scratchcard which I’d bought earlier that day.
"When I saw the matching numbers my hands started to shake – I must have checked the card about ten times.
“I really thought it was all a wind up so I called my son Steven into the room and he said we should call the National Lottery. They confirmed that I’d won the top prize and we both started jumping up and down in celebration."
Still shell-shocked at her good fortune, Julie gave the winning card to her daughter Shantel, 27, to safe-guard before heading off to work her night shift. Since her son had already announced his mum’s win on Facebook, she was met with a rapturous reception when she arrived at the bakery.
Julie, who has lived on the same street all of her life, is now looking to move into a bigger home and has already been to view her dream bungalow, which is just one mile down the road from her current house.
Commenting on the win, she said: “It really is a dream come true and if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.
"We are going to have the best Christmas ever and I’m taking the whole family out to lunch on Christmas Day so no one has to do the cooking."