Three lucky locals are all £1,000 better off this week after winning a new monthly prize draw.
Janet Mellor of Northwich, Aneta Czuchra of Rudheath and Catherine Smallwood of Barnton scooped the Just Rewards jackpot.
Just Rewards is a lottery for customers of Weaver Vale Housing Trust who pay their rent on time, keep their gardens tidy, don’t miss repair appointments and other things they agreed to do when their were given the keys to their homes.
Mrs Mellor had particular reason to celebrate as her son Steven is getting married later this month.
“I’ve already bought my outfit but I might buy another one now,” she said. “I’m also going to buy a new lawnmower and strimmer so I can really make my garden lovely.”
Mrs Smallwood, meanwhile, said she planned to buy a new settee with her winnings, adding: “This has been a real lift for me, I’m absolutely over the moon.”
The idea behind Just Rewards is to give something back to Weaver Vale customers who abide by their tenancy agreement while encouraging those who falling behind to put things in order.
The three who are picked as prize winners each month are checked to make sure their accounts are up to date and homes are in good condition. If something is amiss, their prize is given to the other winners.
Some 28 customers were disqualified before the draw was made because they had rent arrears of less than £50. A handful of others were ruled out for making a repair appointment then not being home when workmen called.
Customers have a great chance of winning one or all of the three monthly prizes. For this draw, the odds of winning £1,000 were 1,100-1 compared to odds of 480,000-1 for a typical lottery scratchcard.
Weaver Vale’s Director of Neighbourhoods and Wellbeing Judith Burbidge said: “
Weaver Vale chief executive Steven Jennings said: “This is a great way to say thank you to the many valued customers who pay their rent and look after their homes.
“It’s also a way of saying to people who owe us rent or have let their gardens become overgrown or failed to stay in for appointments they have made with us, that they can put things right in time for the next draw and have a great chance of winning a grand prize.”