Great-grandfather Alan was able to give his family a Christmas to remember thanks to a lucky Demelza Lottery windfall. The 73-year-old from Hastings pocketed the whopping £25,000 prize in December – our last Superdraw jackpot win of 2021.

“I received the call two weeks before Christmas and I was in total disbelief,” says Alan. “I then felt guilty – my motivation to play the Lottery was always to help Demelza; not to necessarily win.”

The retired father-of-three signed up to become a member of the Lotto in 2014 after speaking to a Demelza Lottery Canvasser in his local supermarket. In 2017 he upgraded his membership to include the Demelza Superdraw, which offers a chance of winning up to £25,000 for an additional £1 a week.

Alan’s festive win meant his family could end the year on a high after he gifted some of the prize money to his children and sister. The great-grandfather has also made a donation to Demelza from his winnings which will go towards vital care for children with serious and terminal conditions and their loved ones.

Alan added: “My son joked that I would end up in debt after giving all the money away. But it’s important to me that my family can enjoy the win too. After a difficult few years this Demelza Lottery win really gave us all a big lift and it also means that my wife Debbie will be able to take early retirement in the spring.

“You can’t help but want to support Demelza. When you read about some of the children and families it’s nice to know that you have done your little bit to help.”