|Posted: August 7, 2004, 3:56 am - IP Logged|A HOUSEWIFE who scooped Britains record single lottery win today said she would use the £20.1million jackpot to help her beat cancer.
Iris Jeffrey, 58, from Belfast has also lined up her first luxury purchase - a new washing machine.
Mrs Jeffreys prize went unclaimed for three weeks as she forgot all about the ticket that was to put her on top of the National Lottery rich list.
After The Sun exclusively revealed that the winner came from Northern Ireland, she decided to check her ticket.
"I thought that I had all six but could really not believe it so I asked my daughter Wendy to check for me," she said.
"When she confirmed the win I said: Oh Ive won, thats nice. I really dont think I realised quite what had happened."
The former home help, her retired husband Robert, and daughters Wendy and Karen now plan to use the cash as they hunt for a cure to her cancer of the gullet.
Mrs Jeffrey, who was diagnosed with the illness in April, has been undergoing chemotherapy as she waits for a major operation.
Even though she praised the medical care provided in Belfast, the jackpot winner accepted she may have to look overseas for all available treatments.
Her eldest child, 32-year-old Wendy, insisted nothing else mattered.
"That was the first priority when we heard Mum had got the six numbers," she said.
For Mrs Jeffrey and her 62-year-old husband, a former floor layer, the first priority is to secure the family's financial future.
Their other daughter, 28-year-old Karen, is expecting a baby within the next fortnight.
"The big excitement to follow our windfall has to be the imminent prospect of becoming a grandmother for the first time, and my Lotto win will mean I can really and truly spoil the new arrival," she said.