Retired police officer from Wakefield wins £250k mega raffle

The Health Lottery winner Mick Aston from Stanley, Wakefield
The Health Lottery winner Mick Aston from Stanley, Wakefield

A retired police officer from Wakefield has been announced as the first winner of the Health Lottery £250,000 Mega Raffle.

Mick Aston, 70, received a huge surprise when he discovered he was the first quarter-millionaire after his ticket was drawn on Saturday.

He said: “I was in total shock, it’s taken a while to sink in. Actually, I don’t think it has sunk it yet. I am so happy.”

Mr Aston, who lost his wife a few years past and has no children of his own, plans to spend the £250,000 on a new accessible home.

He said: “The money is really going to change my life. I think I am going to buy a bungalow, that would be brilliant.”

During August, Health Lottery South East was raising money through The Health Lottery scheme to support local good causes in its region. It’s also super easy to get involved. To win the Mega Raffle, players simply pay £1 per line and choose five numbers between 1 and 50. For each line purchased in the main Health Lottery draw in each of their five draws per week, the player also receives one entry into that month’s Mega Raffle.

With its core aim to make a real difference to thousands of people across Great Britain, more than £100 million has been raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery.

Martin Ellice, from The Health Lottery, said: “Mick is a regular Health Lottery player and we wish him our warmest congratulations and hope he enjoys this wonderful prize.”

After playing the lottery for only eight months, Mick said: “I’m so lucky to have won. I will continue playing the lottery as I know it supports lots of good causes over the UK including my local area and that is really great.”

The next Mega Raffle will be drawn on October 1 and will be supporting local health causes in the North West. You must purchase a Health Lottery ticket for a September draw, before 7.45pm on Saturday, September 29 to earn one automatic entry into this Mega Raffle.