Winners Revel In Wolverhampton
A total of 778 people in Wolverhampton are celebrating after their postcode sector, WV10 8, shared a £3.2 Million prize in our August Postcode Millions.
Six residents in Westering Parkway each landed £266,666 after WV10 8TS was revealed on Facebook (opens in a new tab) as the full winning postcode.
One of our big winners was Rachel. After People's Postcode Lottery Presenter Matt Johnson revealed her cheque, she looked up to the sky and declared, "My dad sent this for us. Thanks Dad."
The mum-of-three and her family were driving to pick up her mum, Pat, when they spotted her old car number plate, which began with the letters PJT - her dad's initials. They sold the registration when Philip died two years ago, aged 77, after suffering a stroke.
Rachel, who gave up work to care for her dad at home, said, "My dad looked after us all my life and we recently lost him.
"There have been signs all the time. My mum is a firm believer that he is still looking after us. When I saw the car, I just thought, 'Why would that registration be in front of me?' That's dad making sure we're okay. This will make things very comfortable for us. I didn't really believe in that sort of thing before. Now I'm a believer."
She added, "My dad would be saying, 'You deserve this, enjoy it'. He was proud of my sister and me. We've both grafted and worked for everything. We've never had a penny off anyone. He would just be so jubilant. He would breathe a sigh of relief and say, 'She is okay now.'"
Rachel's husband, Richard, revealed how she nearly missed out on the windfall after they moved house. The operations director said, "We were going to cancel it and move it to our new postcode, but we decided to leave it until our old house was sold."
Rachel is now planning treats for her family. Rachel said, "We can start to make the children's lives fun again after losing their grandpa.
"I'm going to book a holiday. We've not been on one for many years because of dad. Since I lost my dad, I've lost my mojo. My husband wants to go to the Caribbean and my boys want to go to Miami.
"I didn't want to seem greedy, but I thought it would be about £30,000. That would have put some money back in the bank for us and let us treat my mum and sister. But I can't believe this figure."
Shaking With Shock
The family's old neighbour, John, also won £266,666 because he didn't want to cancel his ticket when he moved to a new address a few doors down with a different postcode.
Retired John said, "We have lived on the estate for 44 years. We were the fourth people to move in.
"We moved to this house three years ago. There is one letter of a difference in the postcode. The old one, which we've won with is WV10 8TS and this one has a 'Y' instead of the 'S'.
"But I'd never give up the ticket at the old address. Although I'm not there anymore, that's my house."
Now he and wife Val plan to treat their two sons and four grandkids and look at buying a holiday home in their dream spot of Paignton, Devon. John said, "I've never won anything like this in my life and, at my age, it will probably be the first and last time."
Val added, "I'm shaking with shock. This is going to mean such a lot."
Across the road, retired postie Stephen said he'd dreamed of a big win for years. The dad-of-four said, "This will be a life-changer for me. I've dreamed about something like this for years and years and never thought it would happen. It always happens to other people, but this time it is me."
The World Is Our Oyster
Directly opposite, Wolverhampton Wanderers fan Stephen said he might buy a corporate box at their Molineux Stadium. The grandad was gobsmacked when Matt Johnson unveiled the bumper cheque to him and wife, Annette.
Retired Stephen said, "We've been up since 4.00am in anticipation. The world is our oyster now."
Charities Benefit Too
Three doors up, grandad and retired Santa, Raymond, also bagged a £266,666 cheque. He said, "Although I've won the money someone else is benefiting as well, especially the charities - all the charities."
People's Postcode Lottery Presenter Matt Johnson said, "We had a wonderful time spreading cheer throughout the community, especially our six big winners.
"And it's amazing that over 770 happy people in the postcode sector have each scooped a tidy four-figure win. Congratulations Wolverhampton!"
He added, "All our players know that, as well as having a chance to win big money, they are supporting hundreds of charities including in their own local area. It's a real win-win for everyone."
The 772 remaining players in the sector received cheques ranging from £1,873 to £11,238, depending on the number of tickets they played with.
Local good causes have also benefited from player support. This year, Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton was awarded £25,000 to support children, people with disabilities and anyone facing barriers to access the arts.
Good Causes Everywhere
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted on behalf of Postcode Children Trust (opens in a new tab). Supported by our players, this trust provides grant funding to organisations that inspire and support children and young people to make the most of their lives and opportunities within their communities. Benefiting charities include Young Lives vs Cancer, Magic Breakfast and Whizz-Kidz.
With 33% of the ticket price going to deserving projects, players of People's Postcode Lottery have now raised more than £1.1 Billion for thousands of charities and good causes across Great Britain, as well as internationally.
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