£5,000 surprise for lottery jackpot winner David

Date: Friday 18th January 2019
David Witney and his wife, Ann, toast their win with Richard Utting (left).
David Witney and his wife, Ann, toast their win with Richard Utting (left).

A MAN from Culgaith won £5,000 when the Pride in Penrith Lottery jackpot reached its maximum.

David Witney could not believe his luck when the lottery’s marketing manager, Georgina Stephenson, called him to tell him the good news.

He said: “I can’t believe it — this sort of thing doesn’t happen to me. To be honest, I thought it was a hoax, and called the number back to check, but Georgina confirmed that it was indeed true.”

The jackpot starts at £500 and increases by £100 for each week it is not won.The sum had been steadily increasing week-on-week as none of the members’ numbers had matched the four numbers drawn for several months.

When the draw was made, Mr Witney’s numbers of 2, 7, 12, and 31 were selected by the lottery’s specialist software system, making him £5,000 richer.

Mr Witney has been a member of the lottery for nearly seven years. He said he had joined because he really liked that it supported so many projects in and around Penrith, particularly the town events which had really put Penrith on the map.

Lottery chairman Richard Utting presented David with the cheque. He said: “Despite a strong social media campaign, David didn’t know that we were reaching our maximum jackpot, so it must have been a huge but welcome surprise to him.”