There were tearful scenes in North London yesterday as Kate Winslet reacted with stunned humility and was then overcome with emotion at her surprise win of £10 on a National Lottery scratch-card.
The card had been bought for her by her husband, director Sam Mendes, as a little domestic joke and at a dinner party in Hampstead, various showbiz guests were invited to scratch off the silver coating on their cards to see if any of them had won. When Sam announced that the winner of the maximum ten pound prize was Kate Winslet, his wife burst into tears as she stepped up to accept the cash.
‘There are so many great actors who deserve this more than me,’ wept Kate to the assembled guests. ‘Really memorable actresses like ‘Thingy’, you know, whatserface. I would like to thank the National Lottery, Mr Patel who sold Sam the card, my friends and family for all the support they gave me on the incredible journey, and oh, God there’s bound to be someone I’ve forgotten.’
Culture Minister Andy Burnham held up Winslet’s scratchcard win as a triumph for the United Kingdom. ‘Britain is leading the field this year, with more scratchcard wins than the Americans and Europeans. It is something of which we can all be very proud.’
Earlier in the month Kate was overcome with emotion when she got the little plastic toy with her portion of breakfast cereal and last week was tearful to discover that she was the millionth visitor to a website and had won a mystery prize. ‘I could never have won this without the other 999,999 visitors’ sobbed Ms Winslet, who tomorrow flies to Nigeria to collect it with the cash payment that is apparently needed to access her latest award.