Lewes family wins £163,000 on National Lottery

Picture by BRIGHTON TOGS/Skye Brackpool'www.brightontogs.com'07973 677 017'01273 275162''2012 JULY 05''The National Lottery winners.''A small family syndicate (Matt and Lisa Ashwood and Matt's father, Peter'Ashwood) has won �160K.''Also pictured is shop keeper Alan Parsons.
Picture by BRIGHTON TOGS/Skye Brackpool'www.brightontogs.com'07973 677 017'01273 275162''2012 JULY 05''The National Lottery winners.''A small family syndicate (Matt and Lisa Ashwood and Matt's father, Peter'Ashwood) has won �160K.''Also pictured is shop keeper Alan Parsons.

A FAMILY syndicate from Lewes have proved dreams do come true with a win in the National Lottery.

Numbers which one family member had dreamt of five years ago came up in the Lotto draw, landing a lovely £163,600 windfall.

Matt, 42, and Lisa, 40, Ashwood, and Matt’s retired father, Peter Ashwood, 65, set up the Ashwood family syndicate three years ago.

Three of the four lines they play every week are chosen by father and son while Lisa’s one line uses numbers that she dreamt of.

Bizarrely, not only did the numbers exactly match those from Lisa’s dream but also the machine and the set of balls used.

Mother of four Lisa, who works as a nursery supervisor, doesn’t know whether she is more shocked by her dream coming true or the win itself. She said; “About five years ago I had a really vivid dream that I’d won the Lottery. When I woke up I wrote down all the details including the numbers, the machine – Guinevere – and set of balls number six.

“From then on, we have played those numbers without fail but I guess like most people, just didn’t think it would actually come true! It’s spooky that not only did five numbers and the bonus ball come up but also the machine and set of balls matched my dream.”

The winners’ dream started for the couple and their children on Sunday morning. They were popping out to do a bit of shopping in readiness for their summer holidays when Matt decided to check the ticket.

At first he thought they had only five numbers and then realised that they also had the bonus ball and they all knew this meant a much bigger payout.

The Ashwoods always buy their ticket from the Malling Stores across the road from their home so they all marched over to the retailer to double-check on the machine.

Hearing those words “I think you’d better call Camelot”, the family started to believe that it might actually be the dream come true. A phonecall to fellow syndicate member Peter quickly followed and the family haven’t stopped smiling since.

Lisa is very realistic about spending the money although she is delighted to get a season ticket for Brighton and Hove Albion. She said; “After we had registered the win, we went shopping for our family holiday to Tunisia and despite knowing we had won a fabulous amount of money, we weren’t extravagant. We haven’t really made any definite decisions about what to do with the money – except my season ticket! – but after we’ve invested some, we will certainly be paying off our debts, maybe doing some decorating at home and possibly upgrading the car.”

Lisa’s father-in-law Peter is more clear about how he will use his winnings. Lewes born and bred, Peter is looking forward to decorating his bungalow but it’s family and friends who will benefit most from his win. Peter said: “It will be great to make a few changes at home but being able to help out my daughters and grand-children will bring me the greatest joy. I’m also able to help a very close friend who is seriously ill and was desperately saving for a trip to visit family in Canada next year. That friend doesn’t need to worry now as I will be paying for them to go this year instead.”