Nick Wilson, from Hannington near Highworth struck lucky on 10 May when his name was drawn in the Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Superdraw to win £22,724.
Mr Wilson’s win,came just three months after he started playing the charity’s regular lottery and the Superdraw after talking to a Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) canvasser at the Aldi supermarket in Stratton, Swindon.
Mr Wilson, a sales manager, said: “The canvasser was a nice chap and when he said what the lottery was for I signed up straight away. Air ambulances are a great cause and they are self-funding.
“I know someone who was airlifted by Wiltshire Air Ambulance after a horse riding accident and my father-in-law was airlifted by the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance many years ago. I was an aircraft technician working on helicopters in the Army for six years, so I know they do a great job.”
Mr Wilson, 53, who is married and has six children and eight grandchildren between him and his second wife, said: “It was amazing to be told I had won the Superdraw and to have won it so soon after I started playing. I will spend some of it on my family and it will also go towards a trip we are planning to Australia.”
Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s lotteries provide the charity with its biggest source of income, generating over £900,000 a year, and has 33,500 paying members across both lotteries. In April the charity won the prestigious Lottery Operator of the Year award at The Lotteries Council Awards 2016.
Each chance in WAA’s regular lottery costs £1 a week while each chance in the Superdraw costs an additional £1 a week. The Superdraw has a jackpot of up to £25,000.
Rebecca de la Bedoyere, Senior Fundraising Manager at WAA, said: “We’re absolutely delighted for Nick and would like to congratulate him warmly for his success. We hope Nick enjoys treating himself to something fantastic with his winnings. Whereas we have a £1,000 lottery winner every single week, the Superdraw accumulates until there is a winner with a maximum jackpot of £25,000, so it’s incredibly exciting when someone wins.
“Playing our lotteries is a fantastic way of keeping us flying and saving lives and we’re grateful to all our lottery members for their support.”
Players must be 16 years of age or over. For more information about the lotteries go to http://www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk/get-involved/lottery-superdraw