A STUDLEY woman who has played a hospice lottery for 20 years has finally won big with a £1,000 prize – but cannot be found to collect her winnings as she has moved house.

The winner has played The Worcestershire Hospices Lottery, which formed out of the Primrose Hospice lottery and two others, since 1998, paying £1 each week to play.

She has pumped in around £960 to play over the years, meaning her £1,000 winning will re-coup her spending.

But lottery bosses cannot get hold of her as she has moved from her Studley house and didn’t inform them of her new address.

Dawn Scott from The Worcestershire Hospices Lottery said: “She pays by standing order each week and won the £1,000 in November.

“We sent her a prize cheque to say she had won but it came back saying she wasn’t there. We thought it would be forwarded onto her new address but it wasn’t.

“We contacted her bank and asked them to get her to contact us, but we have not had any response.

“She has obviously moved but forget to tell us but the £1,000 is just sitting here.

“She has played this for 20 years. She has only ever won fivers a few times a long time ago, so this £1,000 would be really nice for her.”

The winner used to live in Allendale Crescent in Studley and is aged 50 plus.

Anyone who may know who she is, or if you think it's you, can contact SWHLottery@strichards.org.uk.

But they must hurry as winners are advised to cash their cheque within six months – with the deadline this month.

Anna Wilson, from the fundraising team at Primrose, added: "If you think you may be the lucky winner or may know this person, please get in touch."

The lottery has raised £2.5 million for Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust, St Richard’s Hospice and Primrose Hospice since 1999, with £100,000 split to each hospice alone this year.

There is a weekly cash prize of up to £1,000, or a roll-over prize which can reach £3,000.

To play, call 01905 760909/10.