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Family Home Saved Following Scratchcard Win

Sometimes in life good things happen to good people just at the right time when they need them to happen. It doesn't happen often as many of us know only too well, but sometimes, just sometimes, there is a person out there who catches a lucky break.

This person is 17 years old trainee chef Joe Hollick from East Grinstead, Essex, England. Last Friday Joe was on his way to a friend's house when he suddenly remembered that he has to collect £4 winnings on a scratchcard.

Joe pulled up to an Esso petrol station in Brooklands garage to claim his £4 winnings when he decided to spend half his winnings on another National Lottery Turquoise scratchcard that cost £2 and offer a grand prize of £250,000.

Joe, who only earns £8,000-a-year in his trainee chef job at Smiths and Western American-styled restaurant near Lingfield, said "'When I scratched the card and saw the gold bar, I thought I had probably won about £10 pounds or £20 pounds. I couldn't believe it when I saw it was £250,000 pounds".

Upon discovering his big win Joe immediately ran to a friend's house and started banging on the door to announce his big win. He proceeded by phoning his mother who did not believe him so he got in the car and drove over to show her the ticket.

The win was perfectly timed for Joe, his mother and little brother who all share a house in East Grinstead. Joe mother Alison has lost her job in telesales just five weeks before the joyous win.

Alison fell behind on her mortgage payments and the family had to look for a buyer for the house while having no alternative living accommodation plans.

Joe immediately paid all the mortgage arrears and secured his family's future. Joe even went to his trainee chef job the next day as it was a Saturday and he did not want to bail on his employer on the busiest day of the week.

His mum Alison "I could not have been prouder of Joe when he decided to pay off the arrears with the mortgage company."

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