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Woman wins lotto and beats cancer

Tracy Foster
Tracy Foster matched all six numbers in the Lotto jackpot

A single mother has spoken of her joy at winning 2.5m on the National Lottery just a year after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Tracy Foster, 40, of Benfleet in Essex, said the past 12 months had been the worst of her life.

But after being given the all-clear, she matched all six numbers in the Lotto jackpot.

"I always said every cloud has a silver lining and that something good comes out of something bad," she said.

"Being diagnosed with cancer was quite a shock in itself but that's not as hard as dealing with the treatment," said the self-employed catalogue distributor.

"I wouldn't wish chemotherapy on anyone - it's horrendous. The last year has probably been the worst of my life but this year could be the best."

Ms Foster said she was diagnosed with cancer in February last year and underwent successful surgery to remove a breast lump.

New York

"I'm all clear at the moment but I have a scan later this week," she said.

"I just try not to think about it and not to worry about the results."

She said she was happy with the NHS treatment she received and had no plans to seek private care.

Ms Foster, who lives in a three-bed semi-detached house with her sons, Ross, 20, and Ryan, 16, said she was hoping to buy a new home, with "four or five bedrooms".

She is also looking forward to a luxury December break in New York and to purchasing a new car to replace her 2006-registered Ford Focus. "I'm ecstatic and it hasn't really sunk in," she said.

"It's all very overwhelming," she added.

Ms Foster won the Lotto jackpot on 30 July, with the numbers 4, 26, 28, 32, 44 and 46.

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