£100k lottery win for caravan engineer

This Is Wiltshire: Robin Marriott and girlfriend Keana Marsh celebrate his big £100,000 Health Lottery win Robin Marriott and girlfriend Keana Marsh celebrate his big £100,000 Health Lottery win

CARAVAN engineer Robin Marriott has landed a windfall of £100,000 after winning The Health Lottery’s Saturday jackpot last week.

Twenty-seven-year-old Robin’s first thoughts were of his mum, whose car of 10 years was on its last legs – his first purchase with his winnings was to buy mum Valerie a brand new white Volkswagen UP.

“She has had a car for 10 years but I wanted to treat her, so I surprised her by turning up with a new one,” he said.

“She hasn’t been able to afford one, so she was delighted when I pulled up and broke down in tears. She was a bit emotional.

“She also said I shouldn’t have spent that much money on her, but she was really happy about it and it was so nice to be able to do that for her.”

Robin, of Vicarage Road, Swindon, said he was thrilled when he discovered he had won and admitted he had not really held out much hope of securing the cash prize.

“It is one of those things you just never expect to happen. I was slightly shocked,” he said.

His next step will be to get his foot on the property ladder, along with girlfriend Keana Marsh, 21.

“I am going to buy a house and see what I have after that. At my age it would have taken ages to save that much money, so this is a real bonus,” said Robin.

“I won’t be blowing any of it. I have already been there and done that, so I am going to use the money sensibly.”

Robin plans to keep playing the Health Lottery and his workmates have asked him to pool their money together to buy tickets in the future in the hope that he is a lucky charm.

“I plan to keep playing. I like the way it helps fund local health causes so I have no plans to stop getting my ticket,” he said. “We do a lottery syndicate at work and now my colleagues have said they want me to buy the ticket as they think I must be lucky.”

Every ticket sold from The Health Lottery helps raise money for local health charities and projects and has already helped to raise more than £1,163,000 for projects in Swindon and Gloucestershire through Community Interest Company HealthTotal.

Mimi Turner, director of sales and marketing at The Health Lottery, said: “I am so happy for Robin. I think it is lovely that his first thought was to get his mum a new car.”

Local organisations that have benefited from money raised throught the Health Lottery include Mencap, The Conservation Volunteers, Play Gloucestershire and Swindon Children’s Scrapstore.

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10:51am Fri 25 Jul 14

EastleazeRed says...

Fair play to you mate enjoy . I love to see people winning :-)
Fair play to you mate enjoy . I love to see people winning :-) EastleazeRed
  • Score: 9

10:59am Fri 25 Jul 14

Tonyblairisthedevil says...

Well done, nice to see some positive news..
Well done, nice to see some positive news.. Tonyblairisthedevil
  • Score: 9

11:01am Fri 25 Jul 14

house on the hill says...

Lets hope it makes a real difference and they spend it wisely, good luck to them.
Lets hope it makes a real difference and they spend it wisely, good luck to them. house on the hill
  • Score: 8

11:33am Fri 25 Jul 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Sounds like a decent guy, well done to him.
Sounds like a decent guy, well done to him. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 8

12:25pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Monty73 says...

It seems like a nice gesture for your mother but dont waste any of it buying a car with the depreciation value losing thousands every year. If your mother has property maybe its better spent there.
It seems like a nice gesture for your mother but dont waste any of it buying a car with the depreciation value losing thousands every year. If your mother has property maybe its better spent there. Monty73
  • Score: -11

12:46pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Hearditallbefore says...

Lovely gesture, well done.
Lovely gesture, well done. Hearditallbefore
  • Score: 5

1:04pm Fri 25 Jul 14

shewhocares says...

monty73- dont be a miser! The least you could be is happy for him, fair play to you Robin, enjoy your winnings and spend it on whatever the heck you like!
monty73- dont be a miser! The least you could be is happy for him, fair play to you Robin, enjoy your winnings and spend it on whatever the heck you like! shewhocares
  • Score: 5

1:24pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Monty73 wrote:
It seems like a nice gesture for your mother but dont waste any of it buying a car with the depreciation value losing thousands every year. If your mother has property maybe its better spent there.
Everyone knows that buying a car from new is unlikely to be financially astute, but that's not the reason people buy new cars. For example, his mum may never have been able to afford a new car before but had also wanted one (as many people do).

It's a generous and thoughful gesture from a son to his mother and he should be applauded for it.
[quote][p][bold]Monty73[/bold] wrote: It seems like a nice gesture for your mother but dont waste any of it buying a car with the depreciation value losing thousands every year. If your mother has property maybe its better spent there.[/p][/quote]Everyone knows that buying a car from new is unlikely to be financially astute, but that's not the reason people buy new cars. For example, his mum may never have been able to afford a new car before but had also wanted one (as many people do). It's a generous and thoughful gesture from a son to his mother and he should be applauded for it. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 3

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