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‘A Christmas miracle!’ is how a pair of Argyll and Bute Council colleagues described their win in the Courier’s Spot The Ball competition in the lead up to Santa’s arrival.
Housing advice assistant Lisa Nicolson and housing improvement officer Moyra Paterson, both based in Campbeltown’s Burnett building, scooped the £3,900 jackpot after their joint entry was on the ball in the November 30 competition.
The ladies, who submit two joint entries each week, have decided to split the money in half, although it was Lisa who placed the winning cross.
Lisa received a phonecall to tell her the ‘lovely news’ that they had won while she was still at work but Moyra had left for the day.
‘I knew she was getting a treatment at beauty salon Bliss and wouldn’t have mobile phone signal once she went home,’ Lisa said. ‘I wanted to tell her in person anyway, so I went round and interrupted her appointment.’
‘I was absolutely amazed,’ Moyra said. ‘Lisa has said for months and months that we would win the competition around Christmas and I didn’t believe her, but she predicted it!’
The ladies, who started playing around a year ago and received £25 for a near-miss shortly after, said they have decided to keep playing, despite their win.
Lisa said: ‘Even if we never win again, we’re giving something back. We have no particular technique for success – just lucky guesses.’
Although the ladies received their cheques before Christmas, they are both organised for the festive season, so they have other plans for the money.
Lisa said: ‘My partner Frank and I are going to Rome in March for his 40th birthday, so I will use some for spending money.’
Lisa’s son Frank, eight, has also set his sights on some V-Bucks, in-game currency for video game Fortnite.
Moyra said: ‘I keep changing my mind about what to spend it on, but my husband Peter will be 60 next year, so I think I’ll put some towards a holiday or something nice to treat him – but it might not last that long!’
Don’t miss your chance to play Spot The Ball in this week’s Courier.