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Chopper lottery lands £25k win

PUBLISHED: 18:18 19 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 August 2010

IN THE MONEY: Kathleen Lane.

IN THE MONEY: Kathleen Lane.

A FORMER dinner lady has been served up a real treat - after scooping £25,000 in a lottery win. Kit Lane, 76, of Valley Drive, Gravesend, won the Kent Air Ambulance Superdraw with lucky numbers 7, 22, 30 and 33. But she thought it was a joke when Air Am

A FORMER dinner lady has been served up a real treat - after scooping £25,000 in a lottery win.

Kit Lane, 76, of Valley Drive, Gravesend, won the Kent Air Ambulance Superdraw with lucky numbers 7, 22, 30 and 33.

But she thought it was a joke when Air Ambulance lottery manager Lynne Mitchell called to give her the shock news on Monday.

She toasted her mammoth win with a glass of her favourite Jacob's Creek and a celebratory meal with twin daughters Janet and Jenny, 43.

Mrs Lane said: "I'm shocked, I can't believe it but I'm so pleased. When I joined the lottery I never dreamed I would win, especially this amount of money.

"It still hasn't really sunk in but seeing it in writing on the cheque makes it a little bit more believable.

"We had a nice meal and I asked the girls whether they wanted to go on holiday but they told me not to make any rash decisions so we're taking it slowly."

Kit is well known in Gravesend for her work as a dinner lady at nearby Whitehill Primary School in Sun Lane. She also worked as a cashier at Sainsbury's and Debenhams and still helps out at Gravesham Volunteer Centre.

But she can now look forward to a richer retirement after joining the Kent Air Ambulance lottery six years ago.

She added: "It's a marvellous charity and to all the people who buy lottery tickets I wish them all good luck as well.

"It's something you pay every week but you don't think someone is going to turn round and tell you that you've won it. It was worth the wait.

"The air ambulance is one of the best charities going because they're on the spot whenever you need them."

Last year, the Air Ambulance lottery raised £845,000 for the charity which needs £1.7million-a-year to keep its helicopter flying.

Tickets cost £1 a week for the regular

lottery with 12 weekly winners of £25 to £1,000.

Lottery manager Lynne Mitchell said: "It's fantastic to be able to make that special call to tell someone that they have won a life-changing amount.

"I really hope that Kit enjoys her winnings. She has been a member of our lottery since its launch in 2004, a truly loyal supporter.

"Of course, as always, the real winners are those whose lives have been saved by the air ambulance."

To be in with a chance of winning the Superdraw members have to pay an extra £1 a week. For more details call lottery manager Lynne Mitchell on 01622 833833.

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