£1 Million Prize
Hyde Millionaire Street
A couple are celebrating a wonderful win, all thanks to a coincidental connection with Windermere.
Jim and Georgina, who have two daughters and four grandkids, shared £1 Million with eight neighbours after SK14 4PU was revealed as the winner of our weekly Millionaire Street prize. Each ticket picked up £90,909, but Georgina and another neighbour doubled their prizes as they played with two tickets.
Quite The Coincidence
A shocked Georgina, of Hyde, Greater Manchester, said, "Windermere is very lucky for us - obviously!
"It's quite the coincidence. We met at the Windermere Hotel in Windermere, and we've lived on Windermere Road all our married life.
"I never thought for a minute something like this would happen to us."
Jim joked, "We can't get away from the place!"
The couple, who have been married for 46 years, met when Georgina worked in the hotel restaurant and Jim was in the bar. And one year after tying the knot, they bought a house on a street named after Windermere - 100 miles away from the Lakes.
Retired waitress Georgina said, "If you look at the map, you'll find a lot of the streets here are named after places in the Lake District."
Now their massive windfall means the couple can buy a new door and spoil their grandkids before jetting off to the sun. Georgina, who also worked at Manchester City's football academy, laughed, "The main thing we'll do for ourselves is a new front door. We got a new back door last year.
"It's the only decision we've made so far."
She added, "My grandson is a big Man City fan and plays for Hyde FC's Under 9s. They've just won a summer tournament. He wants fancy football boots, so I'll surprise him with a pair.
"We've now got enough money to buy new passports. If we want to go on holiday anywhere, we need to renew our passports first."
Georgina didn't want to put make-up on in case a celebrity came to her door. She said, "I got a call from the lottery the week before and they said I'd won, but said they'd visit us to tell us how much.
"I just sat down and cried when I came off the phone.
"They said Jason Donovan might be coming to my door. I thought I better put on some mascara, but I knew I'd cry and it would be running down my face so I didn't. I'm glad I didn't - I haven't stopped crying since I saw the amount."
Jim said, "I'm just hoping she'll give me some of the money."
Never In A Million Years
Across the road, single mum Alana bagged £90,909 and wants to treat her foster dogs - and might set up a street food business.
Alana, who currently has three rescue dogs, said, "The dogs give me a sense of purpose. I'm out every day walking. I've got relapsing remitting MS. So, it's keeping me healthy and the muscles working, and so far, it's working.
"I want to get my garden completely landscaped and kitted out for the foster dogs, potentially even a doggy day-care. I want to take the dogs on holiday to maybe Wales or Scotland because I've never been, but the list is endless.
She added, "I've always wanted to buy a food van, a people facing and effective wee business. I could sell sandwiches, pies and bacon butties. I don't have a name yet but maybe JD's because Jason Donovan surprised me with the cheque."
Alana also wants to help out a neighbour and go fence shopping with her pal next door. She said, "My neighbour at the end of the street has built a communal garden - paying for it off his own back. I'd like to throw him a bit of money just towards lighting or more plants going forwards.
"I can buy a fence for me and my neighbour, Carol. We're really excited to go fence shopping."
She added, "It was triple the amount I was expecting.
"It's a complete life-changing experience. I've never thought in a million years that I would ever be in this position."
People's Postcode Lottery Presenter Jason Donovan said, "It was another super day to be in red and knocking on more of our winners' front doors. We really felt the love on Windermere Road."
Jason was also delighted to hear about a charity that's benefited from player support. He said, "Every time players buy a ticket, charities win and it's great that local charities such as Mummy's Star are providing invaluable support to hundreds of women and their families."
Mummy's Star supports women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months of giving birth, and their families. Since 2020, the Hyde-based charity has been awarded over £21,500 thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery.
Good Causes Everywhere
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted on behalf of Postcode Earth Trust (opens in a new tab), which provides regular grant funding to organisations that work to raise awareness and understanding of the natural, creative and built environment. Supported charities include National Trust, Friends of the Earth and Canal & River Trust.
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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