Fri, 4 Feb | News
Mum of Four Made Millionaire
The “goosebump-raising” moment a mum-of-four discovered she had won £1 million on the National Lottery has been captured in a recording.
47-year-old Debbie Goolding, of Aldershot, Hampshire, screamed and laughed when a Camelot telephone operator confirmed that she had won. In the recording, Ms Goolding is heard to say: "I just thought it said £1 then I thought it said £1 million, and I thought 'No way!'" Reflecting on that moment, she said: "It was so hilarious listening back to it, it was a bit of like reliving it, it was like taking you back sitting at the island in the kitchen, all the emotions, the shock.
"I remember that I actually called back the next day that I had actually won before I spent any money, I thought everyone did that but apparently not. "I always thought in a situation like that I would be the one leaping about and kissing everyone but I was really calm, it almost felt like I was a bit drunk, and looking back I think it was the shock."
Talking about the impact that her National Lottery win has had, Ms Goolding said: "It's been exciting, it's been fabulous, I don't know anyone who wouldn't say it's been fabulous in the year after you won the lottery." The win boosted her project to knit angel mascots as thank-you gifts for NHS workers, care workers and other pandemic frontline staff who have been working so tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Ms Goolding said: "When I won I thought you did a bit of publicity and then went off to live your life, and I was surprised how I made so many friends in the group of lottery winners. "The angels actually took off - we got a whole group of us, 50 winners, and we all got together and made over 1,000 angels. All the lottery winners were knitting just before Christmas and they went off everywhere, all across the country to all the hospices as well as to lonelier older people."
Since her win Ms Goolding has returned to work as a florist, she said: "I don't think I realised the enormity of how it would change my life. Because of COVID we didn't do what most people do and jump on a plane. "It's given me the security to know I helped my children with their properties, gave us financial security, and now I can enjoy life and not worry about the future. We wanted to build money and not for it to be just gone in one year. "I wasn't working, but now I am - that's crazy. I went back to work from Mother's Day this year, it gives you the opportunity to do what you do because you love it rather than because you have to."
Camelot's senior winners adviser Andy Carter said: "Unsurprisingly, we get to see a lot of happy people in our job but their reactions certainly differ. "Some people feel sick, some people jump up and down, some people are having a party when we arrive, others haven't told a single soul - I've even had people fainting."