A lotto couple who used a large chunk of their jackpot winnings to build a house for their disabled relatives have helped celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Lottery.
Susan and Michael Crossland used part of their £1.2m winnings to build a house for Susan’s disabled brother and sisters after striking it rich in 2008.
The Mirfield pair were joined at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, by Graham and Amanda Nield, of Dewsbury, who scooped £6.6m on the Lottery in 2013.
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And rather than squander their cash on flash cars and fancy holidays, both couples used a large amount of the cash to help relatives in need.
The Nields spent cash on Amanda’s ailing parents, while the Crosslands built a five-storey house for Susan’s siblings Joanne, Beverley and David, all of whom have profound learning difficulties.
The Crosslands are now one happy family under one roof.
But without that stroke of luck, which Susan believes was handed to them by her late father Barrie, things could have been very different after her mum Shirley died in 2009.
Mum-of-four Susan, 50, said: “When mum died we would have all been split up and my brother and sisters would have been living in different care homes.”
Susan, Michael and their family now spend a lot of their time raising money for charities including Cancer Research UK, Help For Heroes, Guide Dog for the Blind and the Hollybank Trust, a Mirfield-based organisation which provides full-time care for children and adults with severe learning difficulties.
And like a good Yorkshire couple they’ve been sensible with their money.
Susan said: “We’re going to make sure it doesn’t run out so we’ve invested it. We do have nice holidays but we haven’t squandered the money.”
Indeed Michael, a former diary worker, has found himself a part-time job.
Susan said: “He’s gone back to work two days a week because he’s bored at home!”
Since the first draw on November 19, 1994, The National Lottery has created 336 millionaires across Yorkshire.
In total, 3,289 prizes of over £50,000 have been paid out.
National Lottery funding has supported thousands of projects across Dewsbury over the last two decades.
Some 458 grants have been awarded to individuals and organisations across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors, totalling £15.1m.