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After immense heartache earlier in the year due to the death of their son from Covid-19, Essex resident Susan Slater and her husband won the lottery twice within a fortnight of each other.
Susan, 74, and her husband were stunned to find out that they'd won £30,000 from the Postcode Lottery just two weeks after winning £1,000 from the same lottery.
The pair now plan to provide a memorial for their son Steve after his tragic death.
Susan and her partner's first victory came on 15 July, when they won a grand alongside four of their neighbours,
Just two weeks later on 29 July, they incredibly took home £30k.
Speaking to Essex Live, Susan said she was convinced the first win was a wind-up, never mind the second.
She said: "When I got the phone call for this, I'd told quite a few people that I'd won £1,000 and I thought 'this is a wind-up, someone is winding me up!'
"Nowhere in my imagination did I think I was going to be lucky enough to win £30,000."
Susan and her family were sadly unable to give her son Steve the send-off they wanted to after his death from Covid earlier this year, due to the restrictions in place because of the pandemic.
However, with restrictions now lifted and £31,000 in her pocket, Susan says that some of the money will go towards providing a memorial for her late son.
"In August we're going to have a big memorial for him," she said.
"We want to celebrate him properly.
"I just want everyone to come and raise a glass for Steve."
The Postcode Lottery works where by a post code is drawn at random and everyone in that post code who entered wins a share of the prize. That means that Susan and her neighbours have all won twice, with someone winning £62,000 having played with two tickets.
She said: "Lots of people are helping me to do it. It's old Canvey and we are a really close-knit group."
Susan seems like an incredibly generous sort though. Beyond her son Steve's memorial, she also said she hoped to be able to treat her daughter, daughter-in-law, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well.
She hasn't forgotten herself, though, and hopes to book a holiday for herself and husband.
"Obviously, I should think they'll be getting a little bit," she said.
"My husband and I have been married for 55 years this year and we always love a holiday, so this one is going to be an extra special holiday.
"We love cruising so it will be quite a nice long cruise!"
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