Essex

Colchester woman scoops £1.3m National Lottery win

An Essex woman who won £1.3m on the National Lottery said she thought she had matched only four numbers.

Eloise Hutchinson, 19, from Colchester, scooped the jackpot in the New Year's Eve draw.

She had bought the lucky dip ticket at the Co-Op store in the Shrub End area of the town where she works.

"I thought I'd got four numbers to begin with, but realised when my boyfriend checked it that it was actually six. It was crazy," she said.

Miss Hutchinson explained they had not checked the ticket until the afternoon of New Year's Day.

'Make everything easier'

She said although the win "hasn't really sunk in yet", she had already made plans for some of the money.

"We're going to go on holiday to Jamaica for two weeks, look at buying a house and get a new car," Miss Hutchinson said.

"My family are all completely shocked and think it's an excellent opportunity for me to start up life without a mortgage.

"As soon as my sister found out she said she wanted a Range Rover Sport, even though she cannot drive."

Miss Hutchinson, who was presented with her cheque at Prested Hall in Feering, also works as a beauty therapist.

She said: "I have already been back in work and will continue doing both my jobs.

"This win will make everything just a little bit easier."

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