£100k Scratchcard win for Whitehaven Mum

Carol Cartmell and her partner Mark Lewthwaite celebrate £100k win Credit: Paver Smith

Carol Cartmell, 41, had to "double take" at the £100,000 symbol on the scratchcard she bought today.

The mum-of-three from Whitehaven is celebrating after winning the top prize on The National Lottery's purple scratchcard.

Ms Cartmell says she cannot believe this has happened to her.

She said: "I was sitting in the car outside the shop scratching the card – never imagining that it would be a winner. I then saw the £100,000 symbol, it then appeared again – and then again for a third time. I literally did a double take as I just didn’t think this could be right."

The couple toast their top prize win Credit: Paver Smith

She is now planning on buying her own home and may even consider buying the council house she lives in.

The winning scratchcard was bought from the Spar in Whitehaven.