Jackpot mother quits shelf-stacking job

Published: February 8, 2007 | 5485th good news item since 2003

A supermarket shelf-stacker said today she has quit work and is planning a shopping spree in New York after hitting the National Lottery jackpot.

Celestina Setterlund, a mother-of-three from Newport, South Wales, said her life has been changed forever after she won £1,173,269 by matching six numbers in Saturday’s Lotto draw.

The 33-year-old, who works part-time at Sainsbury’s, intends to buy a new Land Rover for her partner Carl as well as a larger house with the cash windfall.

After matching the numbers, Ms Setterlund said she was initially too stunned to speak and had to get her 13-year-old daughter Leyla to break the news to Carl, who was working the night shift at a battery factory.

Ms Setterlund said: “He came back at about half nine and then had to go back to work because he’d left all the machines on.”

Once the news had sunk in, Ms Setterlund said she spent the night celebrating and drinking champagne with family until 5.30am.

So far, the only other treat Ms Setterlund has allowed herself is a burger and a pint of lager with her sister Angie at a pub.

She has also had to turn down requests from her youngest daughter, 8-year-old Mia, to finish school and have a pony.

She said: “When I found out I had won I screamed the house down with my daughter. This money will change our lives. It will make us financially secure.”

The couple have had success on the lottery before, matching five numbers on two previous occasions.

She added: “I always used to say that I was going to win the lottery one day but I never really expected to win it. I’m just overwhelmed by it all.”

Published in Sudden Wealth
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