Friday 16 November, 2018

Quarter million win for mother of three

Carol-Ann Phillips gives a dazzling smile as she poses with her $250,000 cheque after winning the top prize for Diamond Dazzlers in a recent Barbados Lottery Scratch and Win Game after purchasing a $20 ticket.

Carol-Ann Phillips gives a dazzling smile as she poses with her $250,000 cheque after winning the top prize for Diamond Dazzlers in a recent Barbados Lottery Scratch and Win Game after purchasing a $20 ticket.

Shocked was the only word Carol-Ann Phillips could use to describe how she felt upon learning that she had won $250,000 after investing just $20 in a Barbados Lottery Scratch & Win ticket.  

The 37-year-old mother of three believed at first that she was going for a $600 win. However, when her ticket was checked, she learned that she had won the top prize for Diamond Dazzlers. This is just one of some 40 Scratch &Win games available at various price points, from $2 to $20.

When she saw the amount of her winnings, “I didn’t know how to react,” Phillips declared. “I decided to carry on as normal.” She had not anticipated winning such a large amount. Now that she has come to terms with it, she plans to put her win to good use.

Phillips’ first thought was to help out her children in whatever way she can. She has two daughters and a son, aged 16, 19 and 20. While the two eldest are now working, her youngest daughter needs assistance as she is still in school.

Shelly Ann Hee Chung, Site Operations Manager, The Barbados Lottery, expressed her delight at Phillips’ win. “Scratch & Win is an exciting game to play, as you get instant results,” she said. “You too can be a winner, just like Phillips. Heartiest congratulations to her and her family from The Barbados Lottery!”

Hee Chung further shared that for the first six months of 2018 the Barbados Lottery has paid out over BDS$12.3 million in prizes to more than 705,000 winners of their Scratch and Win games.

Phillips is pragmatic. She plans to pay all her bills, besides making sure her family is comfortable. However, she admits with a twinkle of humour: “Yes…I certainly will spend some money on myself!”

 

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