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Winners were probably the luckiest family in Fleetway
Street. They won everything. No, really, everything.
they were doing, like entering competitions, prize draws,
races, events, quizzes, embarking on assignments,
answering questions, solving problems - anything at
the Winners would win through. Even when the chips were
down they'd triumph. They seemed to thrive on adversity,
and Lady Luck rained down upon them. So it's no lucky
thing that their surname semed to match their special
gift so perfectly...
The Winner family first appeared in Jackpot #75. They
won themselves a front cover appearance. In their
story, we watched as they gathered together one
entered "every competition going".
Then came the prizes, and a punch-up. You see,
won a year's supply of strawberry yoghurt from
but his van inadvertently ran into Mr Winner's
car. And whilst
Mr Winner decided to brawl with said Milkman,
received prize-winning notices of their own: a
boxing tuition at a training camp, and a week's
a celebrity health and beauty farm. Only, Mr Winner
trumped them all by winning himself a brand new
from "The Daily Blurb", plus a year's free
Actually, cars were won quite regularly over the
often than not, the family would spy a flyposter around
town, advertising a forthcoming event, which they'd
enter and - by some strange twist or turn - they'd
And they entered a host of competitions on tins of
and cereal boxes. Plus, on at least four separate
they spent a night at a haunted house without
thus won still more coveted prizes.
All those prizes and trophies filled the
and caused no end of problems for the foursome.
Very occassionally the family would get their
Like when Dad tried birdspotting (27th October
But these were very rare occurrences. And just
our noses in their success Granny
Winner would pop up
from time to time, to prove that winning really
the family (Buster 21st April 1984, 28th July
13th October 1984, etc).
Needless to say, the family earned a few enemies
the way, and by 1985 they had started sparring
with a check-shirted neighbour. But their differences
put to bed by Christmas 1986, when the family
themselves a huge festive feast to share with
And indeed, Mr Check Shirt always seemed to have
smile on his face from thereon.
The Winners' luck held out for a fair few years.
maintained when "Jackpot" merged with
"Buster" in 1982
and they stayed there, right through to the very end
Fleetway days. Mike Lacey and Jimmy Hansen drew
strip up to March 1988, when "Anthony" took
The longevity of the strip gave rise to some very
wardrobe changes. By the late 1980's Mrs Winner
swopped her big checked dress for zebra-patterned
leggings, and worse. And one thing's for sure,
never have won any fashion prizes!
In their first appearance, we learn that
full name is "John Winner".
In the second strip (Jackpot
#76) we learn that the
Winner's young son is called "Tommy"
called "Winnie" (
9th July 1983, and more).
Oh, but pity poor Mrs Winner. She appears to be the loser
here, because she only ever seems
to be called "Mum"!