Sunderland supporter Toni Potts won Saturday’s Ha’way and Play lottery draw on what was a poignant day for her and her family.
Toni was at the Stadium of Light to celebrate her 50th birthday, with the father of her late partner and his family – dad John also celebrated his 83rd birthday on Friday.
They took in the win over Bolton Wanderers from an Executive Box, after clubbing together in memory of season card holder Gordon Baker, who’s dream was to experience matchday hospitality at the SoL.
Toni couldn’t believe her eyes when her winning number flashed up on the big screen during the second half of Sunderland’s 1-0 win and said it was the perfect way to top off the occasion!
“The reason I was at the game was in honour of my partner Gordon, who died earlier this year,” Toni explained.
“I was there with his father John, to celebrate his birthday and mine, we decided to treat ourselves and the family to a box at the match.
“Gordon would have loved the occasion, especially the result; he probably would have enjoyed that more than either of our birthdays and to find out we’d won the lottery draw made it extra special!”
All money raised from the Ha’way and Play lottery helps the Foundation of Light to support hundreds of vulnerable people throughout the north east community.
For every lottery ticket purchased, it goes a long way to help the Foundation continue to make a difference and provide support to those who need it most during these difficult times.
Fans can purchase tickets online in advance of each SAFC home game and up until half time at www.hawayandplay.com
Supporters can also buy tickets in-person from sellers around the Stadium of Light on a matchday.
28 September 2021