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Miss is a hit at school after TV win

PUBLISHED: 17:23 10 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

IPSWICH mum Jane Wharton is flying high today after winning a luxury holiday in Barbados on a national TV show.

IPSWICH mum Jane Wharton is flying high today after winning a luxury holiday in Barbados on a national TV show.

The trip of a lifetime landed at Mrs Wharton's feet after she won the Wonder Wall on the National Lottery Winning Lines show on Saturday.

She has now become the second Ipswich quiz show winner in one week.

On Wednesday Suffolk County Council employee, Linda Nixon won £1,900 on the Weakest Link after keeping her cool when facing the frosty question mistress Anne Robinson.

Today Mrs Wharton said of her lottery show win: "It was just luck. I felt quite nervous but it was just lucky that I knew the answers."

She said that she was still "in shock" and although she was looking forward to her return visit to play the Wonder Wall again on Wednesday in a bid to win up to £5,000 holiday spending money, she hoped she would be calmer.

"It really was quite exciting when I think about it now and I am looking forward to being able to have a holiday in Barbados.

"It will be even better if I can win some spending money," she added.

Mrs Wharton, who lives in Brunswick Road with her husband Arron and eight-year-old daughter India, works as a classroom helper at Sidegate Primary School.

She qualified to get on to the pre-lottery draw programme after numbers generated in the previous week's show matched up with her own telephone number.

With 48 other people who also qualified through their telephone numbers, Mrs Wharton took part in answering a series of number-related questions. After reaching the final she had to find the right answers on the moving Wonder Wall to posers put to her by show host, Philip Schofield.

She answered 18 out of the 20 questions correctly.

If she had managed the other two the holiday would have been a three-week trip around the world.

Mrs Wharton said it was the first time she had taken part in such a competition but this is not the first time that she has appeared in The Evening Star.

Four years ago she was featured as one of the many people who had sighted the illusive panther-like creature, Claws and spoke about her encounter on the TV show.

At the time of her second sighting of the mystery big cat, she told the Star that she was driving home from Kesgrave one evening when she caught a glimpse of Claws.

"It went straight across the road. Its eyes glinted in the car headlights but I wasn't shocked," she said at the time.

She had a previous sighting three months earlier in broad daylight on a Sunday afternoon.

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