£1 Million Prize
Salisbury Millionaire Street
A mum of one shared £1 Million with three neighbours after SP5 4EG was the winner of our weekly Millionaire Street prize. Each ticket picked up £200,000, but Debs doubled her windfall as she played with two tickets.
Debs, a volunteer worker, said, "This is life-changing. I never expected this in a million years. I can't believe it. I feel humbled."
Debs collapsed after snapping a ligament in her leg during a cruise ship disco, then found out she'd won a £400,000 cheque on her way back from the doctor.
She, her husband Pete, and their family were five days into a seven-day cruise on P&O ship Iona when her accident happened. She said, "It was a silent disco, and everyone was dancing to Insomnia by Faithless. You're jumping, like you do, and my leg just went. It was like someone had cut an elastic band.
"Pete wasn't there and some ladies caught me as I went down. My leg was all floppy, but there was no pain.
"My daughter went and told the bar staff and they got the medical people up. They brought a wheelchair and took me to the ship's medical centre, which was like a mini hospital.
"They X-ray'd me and said there was no break, but thought I had done the ligament."
Debs was later taken off the boat to see a GP in Haugesund, a North Sea port. Debs said, "The doctor manipulated my leg, but I was so panicky about not getting allowed back on the boat that I didn't say a word."
She added, "When we were coming back from the GP to our cabin, my phone started ringing in the rucksack and I just thought it was probably the medical centre wanting to know how I'd got on.
"We got into the cabin and I was sitting with my leg on the bed. Pete handed me my phone and I saw the number.
"I dialled it and it came up People's Postcode Lottery. I thought 'Oh my god' and, as I was trying to ring back, they were calling me again."
The family arrived home on 5th August and Debs was fitted with a leg brace at her local hospital's A&E department. She then spent the next few days on tenterhooks, nervously waiting to find out how much she'd won.
Crafty Debs - who had survived a previous health scare - revealed she doubled her windfall after being disappointed at a previous £1,000 win. She said, "I've been playing Postcode Lottery for 10 years and won £1,000 with one ticket around 2015.
"I was a bit miffed because me and my husband could have had £1,000 each, so that's why I went out and bought a second ticket. But I never expected a win like this. We thought maybe £60,000 - £30,000 each."
But even with that healthy amount, all she wanted was a vacuum cleaner. She said, "When I got the call that I had won, you won't believe what I talked about buying - a cordless vacuum cleaner. Mine is too heavy, especially with a dicky leg.
"I'm not the type of person who's going to go out and buy a £10,000 diamond ring."
She added, "We'll look after the family, most importantly."
Heavy metal fan Pete said, "I want more fishing equipment. My dream has been to fish three days a week and spend the weekends with Debs. That might be a reality now."
Looking To The Future
Now that it's beginning to sink in she and Pete have big plans for the cash after helping their daughter and two granddaughters. Adventurous Debs fancies trips to India and the Panama Canal. She also wants to return to South Africa to volunteer at a sanctuary for orphan rhinos, run by the Care For Wild organisation, after taking ill following her first visit in 2017. She said, "I developed chest pains one day after I flew back from the sanctuary.
"I was blue-lighted into hospital because they thought it was a pulmonary embolism. They X-ray'd me and discovered an anomaly."
Debs was suffering from a rare condition which left a hole in her diaphragm - and part of her bowel had slipped through the tear. Then, during a procedure to try and repair the condition, doctors discovered she had a tumour on one of her kidneys. They used a cryogenic treatment to destroy the cancer - and she has just been given her five year all-clear.
Now the family are looking to the future by raising a glass of their favourite tipples - Desperados beer for Pete and a nice Châteauneuf-du-Pape for Debs.
Debs added, "I would say to anyone who doesn't play Postcode Lottery, 'Don't be daft - for all it costs.'
"I love the fact that Postcode Lottery supports the Dogs Trust. Animals are very close to my heart and that is one of the reasons why I signed up.
"The charities that Postcode Lottery support are more relevant to us."
People's Postcode Lottery Presenter Danyl Johnson said, "It was a beautifully idyllic setting, but we brought some excitement with some big cheques for big winners."
He added, "Our Postcode Lottery players enter to win, but they also know the huge benefit it brings to charities locally and across the UK. Every time players buy a ticket, charities win."
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted on behalf of Postcode Planet Trust (opens in a new tab). Supported by our players, this trust delivers grant funding to organisations that work to protect and promote our environment and wildlife. Benefiting charities include WWF-UK, Marine Conservation Society and The Wildlife Trusts.
Lucky winners aren't the only ones who benefit from People's Postcode Lottery. With 33% of the ticket price going to charities and good causes, our amazing players have raised more than £1.1 Billion for thousands of deserving causes to date.
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