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A former NHS nurse who fosters children as well as having five kids of her own will have a little more room to spread out after winning an incredible Lake District property worth £3million in a prize draw – after buying a ticket for £20.
Catherine Carwardine, 59, originally from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, worked as a nurse for 40 years, and now works in an IT role for the NHS.
She says when she first found out about her amazing win she thought it was an April Fools’ Day prank.
Catherine and husband Chris, 59, who have been fostering for five years, have been living in a five-bedroom home in Telford with daughter Charlotte, and Mya.
The couple also share Gareth, 35, Jessica, 31, Joshua, 21, and 19-year-old Charlotte.
Catherine purchased the winning ticket in the Omaze Million Pound House Draw on Valentine’s Day for £20, using a promotional code to score 120 entries.
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The incredible home comes fully-furnished and boasts a terrace with breath-taking views of the lake itself, cosy log fires, a cinema room, sauna, steam room, state-of-the-art gym, staggered gardens and a workshop.
The property is located just over a mile from Windermere station, so Catherine and the family will not be short of activities to entertain them in the area.
All stamp duty and legal fees are covered, Catherine will also be given £20,000 cash and is free to either live in the house, rent it out or sell it.
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Estate agents estimate that the average rental income for holiday and long-term letting of the property could be between £6,000 and £8,000 per week, rising to £12,000 during the high season.
The lucky winners found out they’d scooped the main prize whilst they were on holiday in Italy, after a team from Omaze paid a surprise visit to their front door, only to be greeted by daughters Charlotte and Mya.
The team had to video call Catherine and Chris, who initially thought it was an elaborate hoax, as it happened to be April 1 when they found out the thrilling news.
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Catherine said: “At first, we didn’t believe it as it was April’s Fools’ Day. We thought the kids were playing a prank on us, but then we realised we actually had won and were totally gobsmacked.
“We didn’t know how to celebrate as we were both in shock, I don’t think either of us slept a wink that night!
“When we got back from holiday the children greeted us on the driveway with champagne spraying everywhere, we felt like F1 drivers!
“Now we’ve seen the house we’re still pinching ourselves, it’s absolutely perfect and already feels like home. We’re definitely going to keep it and can’t wait to move in!
This was the seventh Omaze Million-Pound House Draw in the UK and brings the total raised for good causes to £4,750,000.
As well as making Catherine and Chris multi-millionaires, the campaign was in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK, and netted the charity £1 million.
Hilary Evans, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Chief Executive, said: “By working with Omaze, we were able to raise a substantial amount of money at zero risk and zero cost to Alzheimer's Research UK.”
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