WHEN Samantha Abbott bought her weekly scratch cards at her parents' post office, she joined a town's rapidly-growing lucky Lottery club.

The unemployed 28-year-old won a new Vauxhall Astra Sri worth more than £15,000.

Samantha joins National Lottery jackpot winners Barry Moss and the Anita Wynne, who scooped £7.5m and £3.6m respectively, and an Irish Lottery winner who picked up £4,000 in a Darlington winning spree last month.

She bought the card in her weekly £4 Lottery spend, two cards and two tickets, last Friday at Milbank Post Office, Darlington, owned by her parents, Sue and John.

But, despite joking jibes of "fix" from her friends, Samantha quickly points out: "You can't really fix National Lottery scratch cards!"

She shouted with joy and ran around the store after revealing the winning details on the Cash and Cars card, but her mum did not believe her until the worker behind the counter confirmed the win.

"I don't think I'm a lucky person," she said. "I didn't expect to win."

The most she had won in the past was £10s and £20s, "but nothing of this value".

Samantha will share the car with her mum, replacing the J-reg Nissan Micra they drive now.

And one of her first trips in the new car will be a mammoth journey to Aberdeen to see her brother, Nathan, who works in a nightclub in the Scottish city.