A WIGAN teen will crack open her New Year bottle of bubbly with an extra jiggle after scooping a top prize in the Lottery.
Rebecca Tierney, 19, from Golborne, had only bought the £1 scratchcard by chance the day before Christmas Eve after she went out to her local shop for a can of soft drink because she was thirsty.
When she used a coin to reveal the symbols she was ecstatic to find she had won £100,000 ... the maximum win from the Yellow Scratchcard.
The mum of a three months old baby, who lives with her mum, said that she is now looking forward to treating her family and ensuring they all have a “fantastic” 2014.
She is also planning on learning to drive and buying her dream car - a Mini.
Rebecca revealed that she “rarely buys” scratchcards.
But had just purchased a soft drink and seeing the scratchcards and thinking of the expense of Christmas, hoped she would be lucky.
She didn’t actually find out she had won until she played the card in the warmth of the family home.
The winning scratchcard was brought from Hooton News in Church Street, Golborne.
Ms Tierney said: “I initially thought I had won £2 and I was absolutely delighted.
“But then I realised it was actually the top prize of £100k. I just could not believe it.
“I just kept looking at the card. I didn’t want to put it down. I didn’t want to let it out of my sight.
“By this time the shop had closed so I had to wait a day before I could check if what I was seeing really was true.
“I called Camelot and I was told I had won the £100k on Christmas Eve and it was just the best Christmas present I could ever have wished for.
“I have never considered myself lucky...this just shows that anyone can win.
“I am looking forward to having my best year ever in 2014 and I am looking forward to a great future ahead for both myself and my son.
“This win really has changed my life.”
Rebecca has never been able to afford driving lessons, so that is her first task in the New Year.
And she has always loved the classic appeal of the iconic British Mini, so can’t wait to start shopping around for her “dream” colour scheme and trim.
She is also planning a holiday abroad – something she has been unable to afford for the last few years.
Along with the “best ever” 20th birthday celebrations in January.