£10,000 win on his first play of The Health Lottery

Ceri Barnes, 32, from Treorchy was stunned to find out that he had won £10,000 on his very first attempt at the game.  His wife, Emily, was equally as shocked when informed of his win, especially after being told he had won on April Fool’s Day.

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Here’s what they had to say:

“I decided to play The Health Lottery, It was only a pound and it was for good causes, so I decided to give it a go. I bought my ticket online and it was the first time I’ve ever played, explained Ceri.

“I was actually in the kitchen making a cup of tea on the Sunday when I found out that I had won. An email came up on my phone informing me that I had won something.

“Initially I thought I had just won £250, but it turns out that I had won the £10,000!

"I went into the living room and told my wife, but she didn’t believe me.

Emily confirmed that she was in disbelief by adding:

“I assumed that he was just fooling me as the draw was on April Fool’s day!

“We told my mother first” Emily continued “she only lives at the end of the street so we went straight over."

“She actually thought Emily was pregnant” Ceri added with a chuckle.

When asked what they planned to do with their winnings Ceri said:

“We’d like to a plan a family holiday next year and probably some more home improvements if I know my wife!"

Emily laughed before adding:

“We’d like to go somewhere we’ve never been before I think. Somewhere new. Somewhere the little one will enjoy” gesturing to a picture of their two year old son.

Ceri offered some final words of advice for anyone who was thinking of buying an online lottery ticket:

“Go ahead and play it, it’s only a pound”.

“Just do it!” Emily exclaimed in agreement.

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The current society benefitting from funds raised is YNW Health CIC T/A HL Yorkshire and Humber

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