LUCKY winner Colin Bird from Cowdenbeath is celebrating after scooping £2,000 in The Scottish Children's Lottery.

The weekly online lottery was launched in October to raise money for children in Scotland, with proceeds helping to make a real difference to those who need it most. Charities that support children in Scotland can apply online for funding.

Each week, the winning numbers are drawn on air on STV and city channels STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh, with a £25,000 jackpot and raffle prizes up for grabs. The draw is presented by STV’s Jennifer Reoch every Monday at 8. 45pm.

Colin, who is a retired fire-fighter, and chairman of Cowdenbeath Horticultural Society and a member of the Cenntral Fife Crime Prevention Panel said: "It's amazing to get that sort of money, and I liked the idea of the Scottish Children’s Lottery. The money stays in Scotland, going to children’s charities. I just hope I can continue now.”

Jennifer Reoch said: “Congratulations to Colin on being this week’s lucky winner. Playing the Scottish Children’s Lottery is a great way to help raise funds for children across Scotland - a fun and exciting game with a chance to win big every week while helping to make a real difference in the lives of children across the country.”

The money raised by the Scottish Children’s Lottery supports good causes in Scotland based on four key themes: early years’ intervention; education and health; employment, skills and employability; and community development and citizenship.