A LIFE on the open road beckons for a retired Maidstone postie who scooped £25,000 in Demelza's Superdraw.
But 57-year old David Stuart nearly missed out on the money after forgetting to tell us that he had moved house!
When Head of Lottery and Gaming Paul Booth went to Mr Stuart’s house to present the £25,000 cheque to him, he discovered he had moved away last August. A six week search ensued before Paul finally tracked him down to Littlestone-on-Sea – 40 miles away on Romney Marsh.
Paul said: “I spoke to the neighbours but they didn’t have a forwarding address. I discovered he had worked for the Post Office, so we tried contacting them, but to no avail."
Mr Stuart pays his lottery membership by direct debit and it was the bank which finally got in touch.
The Superdraw win means Mr Stuart is now able to indulge his new big love for travel. He has spent his winnings on a shiny new four-berth camper van so he and his partner Maria can tour around Britain and Europe!
The former postman took early retirement after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in November 2010. He spent several weeks in hospital and signed up to the Lotto and Superdraw four years ago at our stand in Maidstone Hospital.
He said: “I have always felt passionately about the work Demelza does with children and decided my monthly contributions would go some way to help. I never really expected to win anything!"
Mr Stuart’s mother Myrtle, who still lives in Maidstone, has been a member of the Demelza lottery for many years. The family now plan to spread the word about Demelza’s Lotto when out and about in the van. He said: “I’m so thrilled by the win, I want to give something back.”