Lucky Keith’s in dreamland with win of £10,000

Rugby star Scott Quinnell presents Keith Bannister with his cheque
Rugby star Scott Quinnell presents Keith Bannister with his cheque

A lucky lottery player who was sleeping following a night shift had a surprise knock on his door telling him he had scooped £10,000.

Keith Bannister had been on back-to-back night shifts at Weetabix in Corby, where he works as a line manager. But just after going to bed on Monday he was woken by a knock on the door and a rugby legend outside.

Welsh former international player Scott Quinnell arrived on Mr Bannister’s doorstep to tell him his postcode was drawn as the lucky Street Prize postcode on May 5.

Mr Bannister, 52, of Parsons Grove, said it would boost the family after his wife Trudy had a successful battle with breast cancer.

Mr Bannister, who has three sons, said: “It was a shock. It was a nice shock though.

“My son got a phone call last week while I was on back-to-back shifts saying to ring as I had one of the smaller prizes and they were coming around next week.

“I thought maybe it was £200 or £300 but then I saw there was a camera there.”

Mr Quinnell said “Congratulations to Keith. He has only been playing People’s Postcode Lottery for six months, so he hasn’t had to wait long for a win. As a charity lottery, players have raised a huge £17.6 million for charity.”

Mr Bannister, who has not yet received the winnings, said: “I think it’s one of those things where you believe it when you see the figures in your bank account.”

Among the top things on Mr Bannister’s spending list are a trip to Australia to see relatives and a chance to spoil his grandchildren.

He said: “My wife Trudy’s brother and sister both live in Australia, and she hasn’t seen her brother in 25 years.

“Her sister visited us last year, and we have been thinking about planning a return visit.

“We have grandchildren staying with us most weekends, so I’m sure they will be getting a treat too.

“My 16-year-old grandson Aaron – we call him Junior – has recently undergone a heart operation.

“I’m pleased to say it was a success, so I think he could do with a bit of spoiling.”

Mr Bannister was able to take his next night shift off as holiday to celebrate and to catch up with his sleep following the news.