18-year-old Lottery winner to help family

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An 18-year-old nursery nurse said today she would help her family move out of their council house after becoming Britain's latest lottery millionaire.

Stacey Bywater, from Holmfirth, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, said she spent all of Saturday night glued to the TV and internet trying to work out how much she had won after getting all six numbers to scoop a share of the Lotto jackpot.



Now she is celebrating a £1,117,779 windfall.



Miss Bywater said she is hoping to help her sister, who had just lost her job, and enable her parents to put a deposit on a house of their own.



And she revealed her father had dreamt one of the family would win the lottery.



"It's amazing that it has come true," she told a press conference at a hotel near Huddersfield.



Miss Bywater said she had two sisters - Gemma, 14, and Kirsty, 21.



She said her older sister had lost her job in a department store and it was her last day at work yesterday.



The teenager said she was going to buy a house for her sister and her little boy, Alfie.



Her truck driver father Gary was going to continue working, she said.



And she was going to stick with her nursery nurse job she said she loves.







Miss Bywater, who disclosed she is single, said her father will be 50-years-old in September and her family was planning a big party for next month.



She said her mother, Linda Goldring, is 52.



In the meantime she said she intended to continue with her family holiday to Turkey which will include her father, cousins and some friends.



The teenager said her shopping list included a new house for all the family in the Holmfirth area, some other property to rent out and a soft-top Mini Cooper to drive once she had passed her test.



She said her only property requirement was for an en-suite bathroom.



Miss Bywater joked that she would buy her nephew some sweets and give her sister £20 to go shopping with.



Asked how the recession had affected her family she said: "We have never had to go without. We have still carried on as we were before.



"We have never been a family to splash out on luxury holidays or fancy cars so it didn't affect us in 'oh, we can't have the car anymore'.



"It's been a struggle for food shopping. The food has gone up and things like that, and bills."



Asked why she still intended to live with her parents, she added: "I'm only 18 and I don't want to leave them yet."



And asked about the size of her win she admitted she did have some reservations.



"Scared a little bit, what am I going to do with it because I've got to put my money somewhere to keep it safe," she said.



"That scared me a bit, where to put it. Other than that I don't think it's hit me yet. I don't think it has sunk in I'm a millionaire."



Miss Bywater said she won with a Lucky Dip ticket which she bought from a shop in Huddersfield.

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