Washington couple scoop six-figure sum on Lotto

A mum-of-three who helps hundreds of people lose pounds has pocketed a small fortune on the lottery

Lyne and John Pittiglio, from Washington, who have won £181,055 on the Lottery
Lyne and John Pittiglio, from Washington, who have won £181,055 on the Lottery

A mum-of-three who helps hundreds of people lose pounds has pocketed a small fortune.

Together with her husband John, Lynne Pittiglio is celebrating in style after the couple realised they’d scooped a £181,055 Lotto win at the weekend.

Regular players of the game since it launched 19 years ago the couple from Washington say they’ve had a good return on the £10,000 they’ve invested playing the same four lines of numbers every week.

On Friday metal worker John, 57, put their numbers on at the kiosk in the town’s Galleries Shopping Centre. Like every week the couple didn’t watch the live draw, instead checking the numbers with breakfast on either a Sunday or Monday morning. But on September 21 luck was on their side, along with the stars which told Aries Lynne something she did on Friday would have a positive effect and a money spider which caught in her hair.

John said: “Lynne was up with the grandchildren on Sunday morning. I came in with my coffee and checked my numbers with my grandson Jack. He read them out while I checked my slip. He started to say them and I thought ‘great we’ve got three numbers we’ve won a tenner’. Then we had five numbers.

I asked him if he was reading off the screen or my slip. I started sweating and said to Lynne ‘I think we’ve won a bit of money.’ We started jumping up and down like kids.” Lynne, a manager of Dainty’s Supplies Ltd for 20 years before becoming a Slimming World consultant four years ago, helps more than 200 people shed the pounds at her weekly classes.

The couple plan to revamp their home, go on holiday and treat children David, 33, Maria, 29 and Sam, 27, and their extended close-knit family.

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