First-time buyer proves lucky in Bluebell Wood lottery

By Gareth Dennison | 30/03/2017

First-time buyer proves lucky in Bluebell Wood lottery
Winner Alex Elwood and Rotherham shop manager June Salthouse

A GRANDAD scooped £1,000 on Bluebell Wood’s lottery — the first time he bought a ticket.

Lucky Alex Elwood (58), of Thorpe Hesley, hit the weekly jackpot and will spend the money on his grandchildren.

Alex, who bought his ticket at the children’s hospice’s Wellgate shop, said: “I thought: ‘Why not? It’s for charity’ but was really surprised and pleased when I found out I’d won the big prize.

“I think everyone should go to their nearest Bluebell Wood shop and buy a ticket today. There are great prizes to be won and it helps a great charity, so why wouldn’t you?”

The weekly draw has a second prize of £100, which can roll over for up to a year if a winning ticket is not drawn — meaning a potential maximum prize of £5,200.

A hospice spokeswoman said: “Proceeds from the lottery help the hospice to care for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions both at the hospice and in their own homes.”

Tickets can also be bought online at

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