Wisbech woman wins £25,000 on People’s Postcode Lottery - X Factor star Danyl Johnson breaks the good news

Janet and David Hurst celebrate their lottery win. Picture: Philip Reeson.

Janet and David Hurst celebrate their lottery win. Picture: Philip Reeson. - Credit: Archant

A grandmother finally had something to celebrate after winning £25,000 – two years after thieves stole £300 worth of fuel from her tank and three years after losing a £1,200 trailer.

Janet Hurst with Danyl Johnson. Picture: Philip Reeson.

Janet Hurst with Danyl Johnson. Picture: Philip Reeson. - Credit: Archant

It was all smiles for Janet Hurst, 73, on Saturday as X Factor star Danyl Johnson, now a People’s Postcode Lottery ‘ambassador’, knocked on her Wisbech St Mary home to tell her she had won.

And apart from presents for her 15 grandchildren, her first thoughts were on a visit to the dentist.

“The first thing I want to do is get my teeth sorted out,” she said. “One fell out recently and another is loose. It can be expensive but I want to be able to smile with confidence.”

Mrs Hurst was at home with her husband, David, a retired carpenter, when she was surprised by former X-Factor finalist Danyl who presented her with her cheque.

Janet Hurst. Picture: Philip Reeson.

Janet Hurst. Picture: Philip Reeson. - Credit: Archant


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“I’m over the moon,” she said. “I’ve never won anything before – I had to pinch myself to make sure it was real.

Apart from teeth she also plans to buy a new television set.

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“Our TV at the moment takes about 20 minutes to come on in the morning,” she said.

She added: “We have four children, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren,” she said. “I can’t wait to tell them all about my win.”

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Danyl said: “Janet couldn’t stop smiling when I presented her with her cheque, although I know she’ll be smiling ever more when she gets the dental work she wants. I hope she treats herself.”

Since coming fourth in the 2009 X Factor, Danyl has enjoyed success as a singer and has recently been nominated for an award in his home town of Reading for his charity work.

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