A National Lottery millionaire from Reading has used the winnings to buy homes for her family. Di Foster, 63, has bought properties within a quarter of a mile of each other and says it’s a “dream come true” that her daughters and grandchildren now live so close by.
Di won £1 million in a Lotto Must Be Won draw last year and set about buying homes for herself and daughters Kelly, 28, and Jodie, 24, The Mirror reports. The grandmother of four said: “Buying both my girls a house – and one for me, too – became the priority.
“It’s taken a while because we wanted to live close to each other, so I can see them and my grandkids as much as possible, but finally we each have our own homes and we’re all within a five-minute walk of one another. Some people might think a summer holiday with four grandsons running in and out of your home is a recipe for chaos, but for me, it’s a dream come true.”
Di said she has bought a paddling pool and a sandpit which she has set up on her new lawn. “We’ve been exploring in the woods,” she added.
A Must Be Won draw happens where no one wins the jackpot by matching six main numbers, meaning there is a ‘rolldown’. The jackpot is then shared by players matching two or more main numbers.
Di won a total of £1,049,669 in April 2021. She was one of three winners who shared the Lotto jackpot after the numbers 16, 24, 29, 30, 32 and 38 were drawn.
Di said she “burst into tears of joy” when her win was confirmed over the phone. She added: “I pinch myself when I look at how life has changed.”
Previously her family was spread across Reading she would need to catch a bus to see them. “With my poorly knees that wasn’t fun,” Di said. “I had a one-bedroom flat with no outside space and certainly nowhere for a sandpit.”
Jodie said: “Mum has always been there for us, but using her win to buy us each a home shows she really is one in a million. Kelly and I feel like the real winners as we now own our homes, and that’s something none of us believed could happen just over a year ago.
“And the icing on the cake? Plenty of summer holiday fun with nanny has meant a little peace and quiet for us.”