Rugby couple win £250k on scratchcard bought from Tesco on Leicester Road

Katie and Carl Douglas
Katie and Carl Douglas

A couple from Rugby and their four children are going on a dream family holiday to Florida after landing a £250,000 win on a National Lottery Scratchcard.

Katie Douglas, 33, and her husband Carl, 47, are splashing out on a family holiday after a last minute decision at the till resulted in them scooping the top prize on a £250k Red Scratchcard, from National Lottery GameStore.

Katie and Carl Douglas

Katie and Carl Douglas

Busy mum Katie had been running late all day on Monday, January 25 and was flustered when she popped to the supermarket to buy some essentials.

A delighted Katie explained: “It had been one of the days. I was running late and only had time to pop into Tesco for a few things.

“I like to treat myself to a scratchcard and when I got to the till I could see that they didn’t have my usual card.

“The 250k Red Scratchcard caught my eye as it was brightly coloured so I thought I’d give it a go. As I walked out of the store I scratched it and gradually came to a stop as it revealed that I had won. I just stood there in disbelief, no screaming, no shouting just silence.

“It was almost like I was in a daze, I calmly walked back to the counter and asked the lady there to check it.

“I have to admit that I was shaking by this point” continued Katie.

“The lady scanned it and said yes it was a winning ticket and advised me to call the National Lottery straight away, I just couldn’t believe it.”

Katie is a carer to her husband Carl and mum to four children.

Unfortunately, Carl has been unwell for the last decade and hasn’t been able to work since.

Carl was in the car when Katie bought the ticket at Tesco on Leicester Road, Rugby.

He didn’t believe her until the pair went home to call The National Lottery and claim their prize. After that, the couple called close family and friends to share their exciting news.

Katie said: “Carl kept the scratchcard in his zipped coat pocket until the next day when the man from the lottery visited us to confirm everything and transfer us the money. It was a very surreal evening and an amazing morning when everything was confirmed. I still can’t really digest what has happened, our heads are still spinning.”

Katie and Carl are now looking forward to buying a few treats for their family and booking a big holiday for them all this summer in Florida.

Katie said: “I can’t wait until we go on holiday to Florida. We are going for a fortnight and will take in all the sights including Disney World. The fact we are able to take a holiday with no expense spared is unbelievable. Also we can treat the kids in the future – birthdays and Christmas all sorted without having to worry – it’s such a great feeling!”

The £250k Red Scratchcard offers a 1 in 4.15 overall chance of winning a prize. The card costs £2 and prizes range from £2 up to the top prize of £250,000.

GameStore is the new home of scratchcards and online Instant Win Games from The National Lottery, offering players many different and exciting ways to play and win life changing prizes.