Kelly Firth used her mum’s lottery numbers to win the Lotto Hotpicks
A daughter took her family out on a poignant holiday to Blackpool after wining the lottery after using her dead mum’s numbers. But this was after accidently ripping up and binning the ticket.
Kelly Firth, 44, bought her mum Carol’s Lotto Hotpicks tickets every week, before the 65-year-old died. She found the numbers written on a card while clearing her mum’s flat months later – and played them at the shops, with a line on Wednesday and Saturday.
When her numbers didn’t come up on the first draw she ripped up the ticket – but was astonished when three numbers came up on the weekend draw. Kelly was celebrating and shouting to Carol’s ashes on her TV stand when her mum’s favourite song – ‘You’re Simply the Best’ by Tina Turner – came on the radio.
Grandmother-of-four Kelly had to hunt through the flat’s communal bins to find the scraps of her discarded tickets, which she pieced together, bagging her the £1,600 prize. Full time mum-of-two Kelly, said: “I still can’t believe I won with mum’s numbers.
“My daughter and I would nip to the shop for mum every week for her lottery. She had the same numbers on her little card that she gave me and always told me to put both sides on the numbers.
“We did the same numbers for mum for years and never – never did she win. I decided to carry them on in remembrance of mum.
“I went to my local shop about two months after she passed and placed them on two tickets for Wednesday and Saturday’s Lotto Hotpicks draw. I couldn’t believe I won when mum never did, and I just knew she was still around looking after me when the numbers came up.
“I’m still in shock and always will be. It was a sign from mum and I still can’t believe it.”
Carol, who had a number of health issues, died in May last year. She played the numbers – 7, 17 and 37 – every week, letting the machine at the shops generate the final of the five numbers on the ticket.
Carol would do this twice, producing two sets of nearly identical numbers, and placed them for the Wednesday and Saturday draws. Kelly did the same and didn’t win on Wednesday, tore up the tickets, but three days later had TWO wins with 7, 17 and 37.
Each prize was worth £800, winning her a total of £1,600. Kelly, from Halifax, said: “Watching the TV on Saturday night, I recognised mum’s numbers but I’d already ripped up the tickets and binned them.
“My heart dropped. I was jumping for joy one minute, telling mum we had won and that I knew she was around because she knew I needed this, and then panicking the next. I’d only just put my black bin out so I jumped in the big bin outside and pulled every black bin liner out and searched every one until I found the tickets which luckily still had the barcode intact.
“I was shouting to mum that we’d won, and I put the radio on to celebrate, and mum’s favourite song which I played at her funeral was playing. It just confirmed that mum really was still there. I couldn’t believe it.”
Kelly took her ripped up tickets to her local shop where a shop assistant helped to piece them back together, before handing over the cash. She spent the winnings on a family trip to Blackpool and believes her mum would have loved to know her numbers had brought joy.
Kelly said: “I took my little family on a little trip to Blackpool with the winnings – my daughter Demi, 26, and my four grandsons, Harley, 10, Coby Jay, eight, Addison Rio, five, and Kylan, four. My mum loved Blackpool and I know it would have meant a lot to her that her numbers helped us make some special memories.
“Mum was my best friend, I miss her every day and I can’t believe her numbers brought us so much luck. It was like she was still here with us. She was certainly looking down on us. All I knew was that she was still around, looking after her family.”
- 16:59, 6 OCT 2022