A YOUNG mum who a week ago didn’t have enough money to pay for her shopping has scooped £250,000 on a scratchcard bought from the same store.

Katie Bryant, 21, from Burnley, won the jackpot on the National Lottery Blue Scratchcard and is now looking forward to buying her own home, something she thought she would never be able to afford.

Full-time mum Katie had been shopping in Asda in Canning Street, Burnley, with her mother, Louise Bryant, when she bought two scratchcards. “I scratched the first one and there was nothing on it, she said. “I was standing next to my car as my mum loaded the shopping into the boot and I scratched the second card.

“I just could not believe what I was seeing.

“I turned to my mum and said ‘Is this right?’.

“We just continued to pack the shopping into the car and then thought we better go back into Asda to check. I asked the shop assistant to check the card and I was expecting her to say there was a mistake.

“I just could not believe it. It seemed like a dream.

“I had walked into Asda needing to watch every penny I spent and I walked out having won a quarter of a million pounds – things like this only ever happen to other people.

Katie, mother of Milly, five and Olliver, two, added that a week earlier when she had reached the check out in Asda she had spent £10 more than she had expected and had to go and put several items back on the shelf.

“It is just a wonderful feeling to think I do not have to worry any more. This is what means the most to me. I can pay off my debts and not have the worry of owing anyone anything,” Katie said.

In addition to buying a house with a garden, Katie is planning to learn how to drive and buy a car.

“I never thought I would own my own house. This win will change my life.”