NHS worker aged 60 will not leave job after £1 million lottery win

Marion Wood and her friend Michael Williams had a cup of tea “in stunned silence” after realising they had won

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Marion Wood, an NHS worker at Northampton General Hospital, has said she won't be quitting her job following despite winning £1 million in the National Lottery this month.

The 60-year-old won the prize and with her friend Michael Williams, 67, a retired construction worker.

Ms Wood said: “Working through Covid in the NHS has been tough,”

“The amount of work has increased and, unfortunately, I have lost many family and friends.

“However, work has kept me going, I love my job and I won’t be leaving even after this amazing win.”

Marion Wood, 60, an NHS worker at Northampton General Hospital and her friend Michael Williams, 67, a retired construction worker
Marion Wood, 60, an NHS worker at Northampton General Hospital and her friend Michael Williams, 67, a retired construction worker
Marion Wood, 60, an NHS worker at Northampton General Hospital and her friend Michael Williams, 67, a retired construction worker
Marion Wood, 60, an NHS worker at Northampton General Hospital and her friend Michael Williams, 67, a retired construction worker

She said they had a cup of tea “in stunned silence” after realising they had won by having matched five main numbers and the bonus ball.

“I didn’t tell a soul at first, I just carried on as normal holding on to the lucky ticket wherever I went.

“I kept the ticket in my diary, which I keep in my purse, until the lady from Camelot visited to check it and confirmed that Michael and I actually were big winners.”

Asked what they would do with their winnings, Ms Wood said she may treat herself to some jewellery “to remember how I felt when I won”, while Mr Williams plans to buy a car and some rugby memorabilia, as well as treat his family.

“Whatever we do we’ll be wise and make things comfortable, it’s an amazing amount to enable Michael and I to have security at this time of life,” said Ms Wood.