£1 Million Prize
Pensnett Millionaire Street
Emotional People's Postcode Lottery player Myke stopped playing when he found himself cash-strapped and looking after his terminally ill dad - now he's won a share of £1 Million!
Myke said his prayers to a butterfly had been answered after winning £90,909, just weeks after signing back up to play People's Postcode Lottery.
Myke, from Pensnett, West Midlands, decided to stop playing our lottery four years ago to prioritise spending money on essentials, and rejoined last month.
The dad-of-two admitted times have been tough since he lost his step-mum Kelly to cancer in January 2021 - and had prayed to a butterfly for help.
Moments after his prize was revealed Myke looked up to the sky and thanked Kelly, who died aged 60, for his huge cash windfall. He said, "She loved butterflies and whenever I see one, I say, 'Hi Kel'. And a few times I've looked at one and I've just said, 'Kelly help me in any way you can, help me.'
"I only rejoined three weeks ago. I'm feeling very, very lucky and I think it's down to her. It's a life-changing amount of money and it couldn't have come at a better time."
Myke is currently caring for his bedbound dad Mervin, who was diagnosed with an untreatable brain tumour earlier this year.
Myke said, "He's having a steak tonight, that's what he wanted, and a little whisky.
"It's been so hard, but this money will help so much."
Now the caring son wants to get another dog to give some company to his dog Sirius, named after the Harry Potter character Sirius Black. He said, "I'm going to get a brother for Sirius. I told him the other day that if I could afford it, I'll get him a new friend."
Our Lottery team rang Myke a few days before but kept the amount a surprise until they arrived on his doorstep. He said, "It's been like Christmas since the lottery called me and I never got what I wanted at Christmas anyway because money was always tight.
"But it was an unbelievable shock and now I can get what I want for my own Christmas."
Myke was delighted to hear that ten of his neighbours had also each bagged the same whopping amount. He said, "It's brilliant. I think they'll be a street party. My neighbour Roger next door is brilliant, he's absolutely brilliant, he's my best friend and would do anything for me and vice versa."
Eleven people shared the £1 Million amount after DY5 4AJ in Pensnett won this week's Millionaire Street prize. Each ticket picked up a cheque for £90,909.
Pennies From Heaven
Another big winner was Emily, who said this was the only good luck she's had this year after losing a sibling in a motorbike accident. Emily said, "I'm crying happy tears not sad tears but it's bittersweet after losing my little brother. It's been a devastating few months.
"I think Pauly's sent this to me."
Before our team knocked on her door, Emily received a call from another Paul, a People's Postcode Lottery events coordinator, who told her that she'd won some money. Emily's mum Amy said, "My son was named Paul and we spoke to a Paul from the Postcode Lottery when Emily got the call, so I think it's a sign from Pauly.
"He would of loved every second of this, he would have definitely took the day off from work."
Emily, who's only been playing our lottery for four months, couldn't believe it when she caught sight of her £90,909 cheque. She said, "I thought maybe £1,000 or £2,000. I never thought it would be £90,000. It's life-changing."
Emily's now planning to go on cruise with her mum and hoping to buy her first home. She said, "My first priority is to get my brother a headstone but after I think we'll go on a big Caribbean cruise.
"I can also put a deposit down on a house, which is amazing."
Myke's next-door neighbour Roger also bagged £90,909 and has his eyes set on a new van. He said, "I was scammed when buying a van earlier this year and it's been a huge worry, but I can get the van I want now."
Roger, who has a part-time valeting business, added, "I've already spotted the van I want with all the bells and whistles."
Helen, Roger's wife, joked, "If he's having his van, I'm having the garden done and a new summer house!"
Roger was overjoyed that Myke had won alongside him. He said, "Young Myke next door has been a very good neighbour to us, and we've got a very good bond between the two of us.
"It's nice for him to win because he's going through some unfortunate times with his dad and so it just makes life easier."
Never In A Million Years
Lucky Donna had only ever won a few tenners before pocketing her cool five-figure sum. Now she'll be able to take her family on once-in-a-lifetime trips.
Donna, who works at an academy school as a head of year, was shaking when People's Postcode Lottery Presenter Judie McCourt revealed her £90,909 cheque. She said, "I'm going to be helping the family and giving my children a holiday.
"It's got to be a safari - a big safari has been on the bucket list for a while now. And taking the three grandkids to Lapland for Christmas.
"Not in a million years did I think this would happen, it's always someone else. I can't breathe I'm so excited. There are so many things going through my head."
People's Postcode Lottery Presenter Matt Johnson said, "It was a lovely day surprising so many people playing on Commonside in Pensnett with our £1 Million prize.
"It was brilliant to bring so much joy to the street and it really sounds like it'll make a massive difference."
He added, "Our People's 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."
Good Causes Everywhere
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted on behalf of Postcode International Trust (opens in a new tab). Supported by our players, this trust delivers grant funding to organisations that work to alleviate poverty, hunger and enable food security. Benefiting charities include Action Against Hunger, ActionAid and British Red Cross.
With 33% of the ticket price going to charities and good causes, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised more than £1.1 Billion for thousands of deserving causes and projects across Great Britain and around the world. Our players are making a difference every day for a wide range of amazing organisations.
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