A lift engineer is going up in the world after scooping a share of our £1 Million prize with his dad.
Stunned Ken bagged £133,332 - then made a video call to his son Nigel at work to tell him he'd won the same amount.
An ecstatic Ken whooped, "It's real son! Really big potatoes!"
Nigel, of Shoreham-by-Sea, in West Sussex, had been working on elevators in North London before returning to his van for the uplifting call.
After getting the news, he exclaimed, "That's just changed my life - £133,000! I can't believe it."
Nigel and Ken were among a dozen winners on Crown Road after their postcode, BN43 6GD, was announced as the winner of today's Millionaire Street prize.
Every ticket was worth £66,666 so Nigel, Ken and another neighbour each doubled their win to £133,332 thanks to playing with two tickets.
Self-employed Nigel didn't want to lose out on a day's work and decided to put in a shift instead of waiting for our People's Postcode Lottery team to turn up at his door.
The dad-of-two said, "The Postcode Lottery phoned me and said they'd be visiting my street with a surprise, but I couldn't miss out on the work. But when I saw the amount, I packed up my tools and drove home."
Nigel said news of his win quickly spread around the building site and he now has a new nickname: Millionaire Man.
He said, "When I walk into a room or across the site, guys have been saying, 'Here he is - the Millionaire Man'.
"It's all been good-natured, and everyone has been congratulating me."
He added, "It might not be a million, but to me, that is like winning a million."
Nigel now plans to put down a deposit on a house and is treating his two children to a long-overdue holiday.
He said, "To be able to buy my own place and treat my kids is just a huge weight off my shoulders.
"I booked a holiday for me and the kids, but it got cancelled due to COVID, so I just had to keep my head down working in the hope that I could re-book it at some point."
Nigel also basked in his parents' jackpot joy with dad Ken and mum Jenny celebrating a mind-blowing win.
He said, "I'm over the moon knowing my parents have won as well. They've done a lot for me and to now know they're set means a lot."
Ken, a retired Brighton taxi driver, revealed that his lad had convinced him to start playing People's Postcode Lottery. And he won only weeks after signing up.
He said, "Nigel said I should give it a go, so I guess I have him to thank. I even signed up with two tickets because he plays with two."
And Ken may also have his wife Jenny to thank after signing up on the same day she retired as a Housekeeping Assistant at Southlands Hospital on 1st December 2023.
Jenny said, "I might have brought him luck, you never know. We feel incredibly lucky especially with Nigel winning too."
The family moved to Shoreham-by-Sea three years ago to accommodate Ken's elderly father. Before that, they'd spent over 43 years in the nearby town of Hove.
"When we moved, I felt like Shoreham was going to be a lucky area for us. And it's definitely turned out that way."
Ken recently celebrated his 70th birthday and said his cash windfall was "the icing on the cake".
He said, "It was my birthday on the 25th of January, and I didn't think I'd ever get this big a present."
Grandparents-of-three Ken and Jenny haven't yet decided on a holiday destination but plan on taking a break after a "tough" last six years.
Ken said, "I ended up in intensive care in 2018 after lots of medical problems and ended up having to retire. So, we'll definitely go on holiday and give something to our grandkids."
Crowning His Return
Another winner was Chris, who was delighted that his decision to keep playing with his old postcode meant that he also landed £66,666.
Chris used to live on Crown Road before moving to the neighbouring town of Lancing two years ago.
He said, "When I moved, I signed up with my new postcode and chose to keep playing with my old postcode. It's all came true, and I've won the big one."
"It's paid off in bonus stamps as well! You've got to speculate to accumulate as they say."
The car mechanic is now going to celebrate his upcoming retirement in style with an adventure holiday - and investing in an original 1957 Lambretta scooter.
He said, "I retire at the end of this month so this couldn't have come at a better time.
"I'd like to do a Safari in Africa or even go to the other side of the world to see the penguin walk."
Gwyneth admitted to being in "a state of shock" after winning £66,666.
Gwyneth, who works in financial services, said, "I'm very security conscious, so I didn't believe it was real until I saw the Postcode Lottery team at my door.
"It's unbelievable. A stunning amount of money to win."
The mum-of-two is aiming to get a new kitchen after being promised one by her husband Paul.
She said, "When I moved in nine years ago, he promised me a kitchen but bought a new car instead of a kitchen so this time around I think I'll get my kitchen."
The couple, who vow to have fun spending the money, plan to venture to France in their caravan and jet off to Cuba.
Gwyneth also has her sights on some new glasses for her and her hubby.
She joked, "Paul and I have been talking about going to the opticians for a while, so we'll both get a pair now."
Soothing The Soul
The winners all mentioned how they originally signed up for People's Postcode Lottery because they wanted to support a range of charities.
And because their postcode has won, a vital organisation in their area has also benefitted.
Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, Soundcastle, a community music charity, has been awarded funding to the tune of £50,000 by Postcode Community Trust.
The South East based charity uses music as a tool to protect and support community mental health with a focus on enhancing the confidence of its community members, reducing social isolation and enhancing wellbeing.
Rachael Perrin, Co-Director of Soundcastle, said, "A main aim of Soundcastle is to run targeted programmes which support people on their recovery journey to good mental health. The funding will be transformational for our community by enabling us to keep on doing what we do best."
Whether it's new parents and their young babies to older people, Soundcastle gives the community from across the South East the extra boost they need through a variety of innovative music-making programmes.
Rachael said, "Our community members see Soundcastle as a safe space and a reason to get out of bed every day."
Rachael added, "Thanks to the players of People's Postcode Lottery we can continue to use music as a tool for change in the mental health sector and provide a supportive environment for those who need it."
Other charities in the Shoreham-by-Sea area receiving funding thanks to Saturday's Millionaire Street prize win include:
Sussex MS Centre - £50,000 A user-led charity set up to support those affected by multiple sclerosis. They work to improve mental and physical health to help people live their lives to the fullest.
As You Are Centre - £30,000 A charity providing counselling and psychological support to people hoping to improve their mental health across Sussex. They are committed to providing affordable counselling.
ESTEEM - £50,000 A youth charity offering activities in person and online for young adults aged 14-26. They provide free mentoring, social, well-being and work experience opportunities to help young people thrive.
All funding was awarded by Postcode Community Trust (opens in a new tab).
Thousands Of Deserving Projects
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted on behalf of Postcode Justice Trust (opens in a new tab). Supported by our players, this trust delivers grant funding to organisations that help improve lives by delivering justice, human rights and equality. Benefiting charities include Helen Bamber Foundation, Women for Women International and Amnesty International UK.
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