Kate Triniman, aged 62, has been playing Cornwall Hospice Care’s weekly game every week since 2007.

Last week the grandmother of nine became the charity’s first maximum rollover winner for the top prize which had been accumulating in £200 increments for the last 50 weeks.

Mrs Triniman was at home babysitting for one of her grandchildren when she received the good news.

She said: “I can’t quite believe it. I have no idea what I’ll do with the money, perhaps some will go in our retirement pot. It will come in handy though as our daughter gets married next year and we are also planning a trip to Cyprus to see our son who’s out there.

“I started playing in 2007 after seeing a leaflet in a St Austell shop window about the lottery and thought it was a very good cause. We also had a family relative who spent time in Mount Edgcumbe Hospice so there was a personal link.”

The button to start the weekly draw was pressed at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice by patient Ann Roe from Camelford.

Mrs Roe said: “I wish this winner good luck and happy spending. She couldn’t have invested in a better cause and this is absolutely wonderful news for her and for Cornwall Hospice Care.”

Sarah Vincent, Cornwall Hospice Care lottery manager, described the day as exciting. She explained: “We’ve never reached the maximum rollover of £10,000 before so we knew we were going to make someone’s day.

“It was wonderful to phone and give Mrs Triniman the good news and then to meet her in person to say congratulations and thank her for her loyal support over the years.”

All the money raised through the charity lottery, which is about £200,000 a year, helps Cornwall Hospice Care provide special and free care for adults aged 18 and over at its two hospices at Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and St Julia's in Hayle.

The weekly £1,000 prize went to Peter Kaye of Falmouth. There was also a weekly £50 winner from Redruth and 50 other winners who all will receive £5.

To join the Cornwall Hospice Care lottery call 01726 66868 or visit www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk