Rumney Strikes It Rich
A taxi driver, an ex-paratrooper and a gas engineer are among five People's Postcode Lottery players in Rumney celebrating a £175,000 win. The Harris Avenue neighbours each landed £30,000 and a £5,000 holiday prize when their postcode, CF3 1QE, was announced as a winner today.
The residents winning £30,000 and £5,000 cheques included:
- Nick, who is going to treat his wife to a holiday after recently suffering a devastating family loss.
- Michael, who is planning on taking his wife on her dream holiday to Hawaii.
- Paul, who is set to visit Greece for a big family holiday.
A Relaxing Getaway
Nick couldn't believe his eyes when he saw his £35,000 in prizes. Nick, a local taxi driver, said, "It's like a dream, you never think it's going to happen but today it has.
"It's bittersweet because Julie lost her mum three weeks ago - it's been a really tough time."
Julie, who lost her mum to breast cancer, pointed to the sky, and said, "My mum always said she would look after us."
Nick added, "Julie deserves it more than anybody, because she's been looking after her mum and looking after dad, our six dogs and our kids as well. She's been an angel."
Their cash windfall will certainly relieve a lot of pressure. Nick said, "I can feel the stress and pressure draining out of my toes now. I feel lighter.
"Work is quiet at the moment, and you've got to earn your money to pay the bills. I work 7 days a week and it can be mentally and physically draining."
Nick and Julie are now planning a relaxing getaway in the sun. Nick said, "To just get away for a bit of sunshine, a few cocktails and a bit of sun to just relax is really needed.
"We can go on a holiday soon and another one later in the year. I can get some sunshine on my toes, I'll get my flip-flops looked out. We'll be looking for dog sitters now."
Heading For Hawaii
Ex-paratrooper Michael is planning a long-awaited holiday with his wife after recovering from a nasty leg injury. Michael said, "We'll probably head off to Hawaii, my beloved and I. It's her dream holiday and I think she deserves it because she's looked after me for the last couple of years while I've been a bit of a handful and ill."
Michael, who served in the Parachute Regiment for over 20 years, explained, "I've been out of work due to my injury. I shattered my foot and in the last five years my ankle has been rebuilt with metalwork. I've had seven operations and my surgeon told me the other day that I can now go back to work.
"Life throws you different curveballs and this is the first thing I've ever won really, it's brilliant."
Out Of This World
Gas engineer Paul described winning £35,000 in prizes as "out of this world". The dad-of-two said, "It's something a person like me doesn't expect to win. It'll make a massive difference."
"I'm not a spring chicken anymore, I'm getting to the stage where I'm trying to finish work so this might knock a year off my retirement.
"We weren't going to go away this year with the way the economy is and the cost of living but we're definitely going to Greece, there'll be ten of us going away. I'd rather spend the money on the family than spend it on myself."
The Wales rugby fan added, "I did think about going across to the Rugby World Cup in France but didn't think I'd have the money."
Postcode Lottery Presenter Matt Johnson said, "A big congratulations to our five lucky winners in Rumney! I hope they all enjoy celebrating tonight and have lots of fun jetting off on all those amazing holidays."
Millions For 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 and good causes. To date, players have raised more than £1 Billion for thousands of deserving projects across Great Britain, as well as internationally.
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