We’re a big lottery winner too!

A Champagne Cheers!

We’re winners too!

AND so, at last, we have our £33 million a winner – a real winner.

Camelot, operator of the National Lottery, has confirmed that it has verified the winning ticket bought earlier this month in Worcester.

Its owner is remaining anonymous, which while understandable is frustrating for those of us who would love to know more about the lucky person whose life has been transformed forever by riches beyond their wildest dreams.

What is the first thing they will buy? Will they keep all their winnings or give some away to family, friends and charity? Will they move, and if so where? How many rooms: five, twenty-five, or one-hundred-and-five?

There are so many questions, but for the moment no answers.

Where I work at the Worcester News we have thoroughly enjoyed reporting on Worcester’s lottery win.

It has been nice to see our city at the centre of national media attention. I was even interviewed about the story on the BBC News Channel!

We were, though, troubled that so many apparently spurious claims for the fortune were being made.

It risked making the people of Worcester appear a bunch of grasping chancers.

Fortunately, now that the frenzied speculation is over, the true nature of city folk has shone through.

Dozens of warm congratulatory comments have been addressed to the winner on our website and Facebook page.

We are also winners in a way. It is too early to say exactly how the story, which has run for a week and featured on our front page four times, has boosted newspaper sales. But we do know our website page impressions have soared!

Now if only the winner decides to speak to us…




About John Wilson

Editor of Hereford Times, Ludlow Advertiser, Stroud News and Journal, Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard and Gloucestershire Gazette series. Journalist for more than 30 years.
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