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Lottery-winning pensioner continues volunteering

A woman from Lincolnshire who scooped £53m in the EuroMillions has continued volunteering at a lunch club for pensioners.

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Angela Maxwell and her husband Richard, both 67, from Coningsby near Boston in Lincolnshire, banked £53,193,914 after winning the EuroMillions jackpot last week.

However, according to a report in the Mirror, Mrs Maxwell was back at her local community club yesterday doing a five-hour shift as a volunteer.

Last week, after winning the lottery, she had pledged to continue providing food for around 100 pensioners in her village.

£53m jackpot winners want to help local community

A retired couple have become one of the country's biggest ever National Lottery winners after bagging a "life-changing" £53 million.

Richard and Angela Maxwell, both 67 and from Coningsby near Boston in Lincolnshire, banked £53,193,914 after winning the EuroMillions jackpot in Tuesday's draw.

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The couple are still thinking about what to do with the huge windfall but have already decided to upgrade a planned holiday to New Zealand - by taking the whole family first-class.

Sports fan Mr Maxwell said he will now be able to retire completely to enjoy following Boston United and big sporting events, and play golf and bowls.

He is also going to treat himself to a Range Rover, while his wife plans to splash out on designer handbags and shoes.

It's a life-changing amount of money - £1 million would have been amazing but £53 million enables you to do so much, not just for you, but those around you. Our local community is really important to us, in particular helping young people in the area. The win will enable us to spend more time getting involved, as well as give financial support.

– Richard Maxwell

Jon Hill reports:

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Couple thought £53m jackpot win is April Fool's joke

A retired couple who have become one of the country's biggest ever National Lottery winners after bagging a "life-changing" £53 million at first thought it was an April Fool's joke.

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Richard and Angela Maxwell, both 67 and from Coningsby near Boston in Lincolnshire, banked £53,193,914 after winning the EuroMillions jackpot in Tuesday's draw.

They are now in 10th place on the National Lottery rich list and are expected to reveal their plans this afternoon.

Mr Maxwell, a semi-retired consultant in the poultry industry, said: "I always keep our lottery tickets in the kitchen drawer so I took a break and went online to check the results.

"I looked first at the two Lucky Stars and noticed we had those. Then I scanned across to the first main number and immediately knew they all matched our numbers.

"I checked again and again, five times in total, as I couldn't believe it.

"Then I saw only one ticket had won £53 million and I was in shock. I thought someone had scanned my ticket somehow and put it on the website as a joke. It was April Fool's Day after all."

£53m lottery jackpot winners named

A couple have become one of the country's biggest ever National Lottery winners after bagging more than £53 million.

Richard and Angela Maxwell, from Boston in Lincolnshire, banked £53,193,914 after winning the EuroMillions jackpot in Tuesday's draw.

They are now in 10th place on the National Lottery rich list and are expected to reveal their plans this afternoon.

It comes after another Lincolnshire couple beat odds of 283 billion-to-one to win £1 million in the EuroMillions lottery for a second time.

Boston couple bank EuroMillions jackpot

A couple have become one of the country's biggest ever National Lottery winners after bagging more than £53 million.

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The pair, from Boston in Lincolnshire, banked £53,193,914 after winning the EuroMillions jackpot draw on Tuesday.

They now sit tenth on the National Lottery rich list and are expected to reveal their plans this afternoon.

It comes after another couple in neighbouring North Lincolnshire beat odds of 283 billion to one to win £1 million in the EuroMillions lottery for a second time.

Dave and Kathleen Long, from Scunthorpe, won their first £1 million in 2013 and scooped the big money prize again on Friday night.

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Car crashes into front of house in Boston

An investigation is underway after a car crashed into the front of a house in Boston.

The collision happened shortly before 5.30am this morning on Fishtoft Road. The Citroen C3 left the road and ended up embedded in the front wall.

The driver, a 30-year-old woman from Bosont, was shaken but uninjured. None of the occupants of the house were hurt.

A structural engineer will visit the house to assess the damage.

Five wards remain shut at Boston hospital

Hospital chiefs at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital have re-opened one ward but five remain closed due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

The hospital is now accepting admissions onto ward 6A.

Fewer patients and staff now have active symptoms and the hospital is looking to open three more wards on Saturday 7 March.

Although the situation has improved restrictions are still in place to ensure the hospital continues to protect our patients, visitors and our staff.

Hospital bosses are still asking everyone who wants to visit a friend or relative in hospital to ring the ward at Pilgrim before visiting. The ward will then advise whether it is appropriate to come to the hospital or not. Wards can be contacted via switchboard on 01205 364801.

“Our staff are working incredibly hard to contain the outbreak and support patients and families. I’d also like to thank all those people who have stayed away from hospital.

“Norovirus is the most common cause of stomach bugs. The virus is easily transmitted from one person to another by contact with an infected person or through contaminated food or drink, or touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

"Around 12 to 48 hours after becoming infected, the virus causes sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and diarrhoea. Therefore it’s really important to make sure that we protect vulnerable patients and hospital staff.

“This is why we are asking everyone considering visiting a friend or relative in hospital to think carefully about whether they need to come if they have experienced diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms in the past four days. Before visiting a loved one in hospital, please call ahead to talk to staff to make sure it’s the best thing to do.

“We know that sometimes visitors feel that they must take every opportunity to visit sick friends or relatives, however if they themselves have been unwell, they could be putting others at risk.”

– Dr Suneil Kapadia, Medical Director United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

The other wards and beds will only reopen for admissions once the patients have been discharged and the area has been symptom free for up to 72hrs. Then the wards will need to be deep cleaned to eliminate all signs of the virus.

If you have norovirus, the best things you can do are rest, and take plenty of non-caffeinated drinks to avoid dehydration.

People worried about prolonged symptoms, should contact NHS 111 or ring their GP surgery. They will provide advice for people who are at greater risk from dehydration from diarrhoea and vomiting, such as children under the age of five or the elderly.

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