Clevedon father wins big on school lottery
PUBLISHED: 10:34 08 January 2019
A Clevedon father has celebrated winning a £25,000 jackpot which will also benefit his children's school.
Darran Hoare matched all six numbers drawn to win.
He bought the ticket to support Yeo Moor Primary School where his eight-year-old daughter, Louisa, and six-year-old twins, Katie and Daniel, attend.
He is the fourth winner of the Your School Lottery jackpot – which is organised by Gatherwell.
Money raised goes to schools, while ticket-holders can claim a big cash prize.
He said: “I honestly cannot believe my luck – this is incredible. I initially thought I had won the Harry Potter studio tour prize – it has not sunk in yet.
“We will be paying off any bills and using some to take a family holiday in the sun.”
The prize draw, which took place last month, came just in time for Christmas to ensure the Hoare family had ‘the best Christmas ever’.
Darren added: “I cannot describe how wonderful this feels and I am so pleased for Yeo Moor Primary School.
“It is such a wonderful school and I know all the extra money goes straight back into the school, making it a great place for the children. If I can win the £25,000 jackpot then anyone can.”
You School Lottery runs the lotteries for UK schools with the goal to help them raise money through their communities to improve educational facilities.
Mary Kizilis, from the Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) at the school, said: “We have had great community support for our school lottery since we started.
“We are a small school with just 300 pupils and wanted to raise money without the same handful of PTA committee members having to constantly organise events.
“The school lottery has encouraged lots of people to contribute and we are on target to raise £1,500 this year.
“Your School Lottery do all the hard work. We were already really happy but to have a winner of £25,000 from our community has been a massive boost for everyone.
“Anyone in the UK can play the Yeo Moor Primary School Lottery and with tickets from £1 a week, supporting our schools is so easy.
“Everything is online and there is no paperwork to manage and you could win up to £25,000. All money raised goes back into the school.”