£1 Million Prize
Dearham Millionaire Street
A maths teacher got a new job offer - then won with People's Postcode Lottery half an hour later.
Helen had been looking for another role away from her secondary school teaching post. Minutes after taking the call from a potential employer she banked a £125,000 prize from People's Postcode Lottery.
Helen, of Dearham, Cumbria, said, "I have been looking for jobs. A company phoned me half an hour ago and offered me a job."
After being presented with her golden envelope, she added, "Oh wow! That's brilliant. This feels really, really good."
Just The Job
Helen, originally from Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, shared £1 Million with seven neighbours in Dearham after CA15 7EZ was revealed as the latest winner of our weekly Millionaire Street prize today.
The Rainbow and Girlguiding leader started playing People's Postcode Lottery because it supports the movement. But Helen was stunned when she got a call to say she'd won.
Wearing her Girlguiding jacket, she said, "I have been stress eating the whole of the last week. I thought it would be £1,000 or a bit more. I've just been in a state of limbo."
Now she's planning to spend her winnings on a luxury holiday to the States with husband Mike. She said, "I'd love to fly first class to New York. I've already found a hotel in Times Square that looks good.
"I'm very, very excited. We'll just need to think how we can spend it."
Money Happy Returns
Just up the road, golf course manager Graham bagged £125,000 on the eve of his 50th birthday, then broke down as he talked about treating his wife Nicola and son Rhys.
Graham said, "All week since I got the call to say that I'd won I just thought, 'What could I buy my wife and son?' I wasn't bothered about myself. I'm quite content.
"My wife is a nurse and works really hard. She likes handbags and my son is just getting into golf."
The Leeds and Carlisle United fan and the family are jetting off to Tenerife later this month to celebrate his milestone birthday.
He added, "This is surreal. It hasn't sunk in yet. I'll remember this birthday for the rest of my life."
A few doors down, winner Joanne revealed that she'll split her £125,000 cheque with her husband John because they want to spend it on different things.
The mum-of-three, who is just back from a family holiday to Disney in Florida, wants to trade in her '17'-plate Nissan Qashqai for a seven-seater Peugeot. And radiographer John wants to add an extension onto the back of the family's detached home.
Joanne said, "I'll halve the cheque with my husband because he wants an extension.
"I want to change my car and get a seven-seater Peugeot. I'd also like a shopping spree with my mum and daughter."
The paediatric nurse broke the good news to John on FaceTime while he was studying for a Masters degree at Lancaster University.
He gasped, "Get in! I'm absolutely speechless."
Joanne added, "My head has been scrambled since I got the call. This is absolutely massive."
Following Joanne and her neighbours' Millionaire Street prize wins, nearby charities will also benefit.
A combined total of £1 Million will be shared between local charities in the winning Millionaire Street areas as part of October's draws.
Maryport Rescue, an independent lifeboat, flood, swift water and search and rescue service located in Cumbria, is one such charity which has been awarded £30,000 from Postcode Neighbourhood Trust (opens in a new tab).
The charity, which is made up of more than 30 volunteers and has been in operation for over 150 years, provides the area with vital 24/7 land and sea rescue services.
George Farish, Chairman at Maryport Rescue, said the money will help kickstart building expansion plans for the base, which has already received 28 emergency callouts this year.
George said, "This couldn't have come at a better time as we've simply run out of space as we've expanded our support services and acquired more equipment and crew. We are thrilled to be able to start the ball rolling for our building expansion and this money will contribute to the next chapter of Maryport Rescue."
Other local charities receiving funding thanks to Saturday's Millionaire Street prize win include:
Cumbria Youth Alliance - £50,000 A leading charity supporting young people in Cumbria in their physical, mental health and emotional development to help them reach their full potential.
North Lakes Foodbank - £15,000 Part of the Trussell Trust Foodbank network and operating from six foodbank centres across the North Lakes area. They provide nutritionally balanced food and support to those going through financial or emotional crisis.
All funding was awarded by Postcode Neighbourhood Trust (opens in a new tab).
Supporting Good Causes
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.
With People's Postcode Lottery, 33% of the ticket price goes to Charities. Our amazing players have raised more than £1.1 Billion for thousands of good causes.
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