Dagenham woman wins 17 week charity lottery rollover jackpot
PUBLISHED: 08:15 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:44 11 August 2017
A Dagenham woman hit the jackpot by winning a charity lottery run by a hospice that cared for her late father in his final year.
The 17 week rollover was worth £8,500, money 18-year-old Laura Smith says she will use to have laser eye surgery and buy a car.
The charity lottery cost £1 a week to enter and supports Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-Atte-Bower.
She said: “This money has made a massive difference to my life.”
Her mother Kim Cerri, deputy head at Barking special school Riverside Bridge, said: “When it was first suggested dad go into Saint Francis Hospice I was adamant he shouldn’t go, but it was not what I expected and I immediately felt differently once I went up there.”
Laura collected the award with her mum, as well as grandma Linda Claydon.