Happy In Hartlepool
It's a sensational Saturday for four winners in Hartlepool after their postcode, TS26 0JN, got lucky in today's Street Prize. Each of the neighbours netted a cheque for £30,000.
Thought It Was A Prank
Stephen was left dumbfounded after receiving the five-figure cash windfall from Street Prize Presenter Judie McCourt. He said, "We're over the moon. It's a big shock, it'll make a big difference to us - £30,000 is a lot of money."
Stephen's wife Kirsty wasn't convinced when he told her he'd scooped a People's Postcode Lottery prize. She said, "I didn't believe him when he said he'd won, I thought it was a prank. He is a prankster after all."
Stephen added, "I'll admit I am a windup merchant."
The couple, who own local hair and beauty businesses, admitted that their win has come at a good time. The dad-of-six said, "The last few years have been hard. This money will take the pressure off and it's going to give us a great opportunity to enjoy the year."
Kirsty added, "In Hartlepool, there seems to be a lot of businesses going under at the moment and it's awful to see. There is a lot closing because they can't afford to pay the staff.
"This money has taken pressure away and we'll be able to continue paying the bills and keep our team together."
The pair are also planning to treat their children. Stephen said, "We can go on holiday and get some little treats for our six children."
Kirsty was delighted to hear that others on their street had also won. She said, "I think everyone is struggling at the moment, times are tough, and to see our neighbours who we are really close with winning something as well is amazing."
Celebrating In Style
Jane is going to celebrate her 60th birthday in style with her £30,000 prize. She said, "I feel elated - it's a weird feeling. Even though you pay for the lottery, you don't ever think you're going to win it.
"This means everything to me. I don't have a job at the moment, and this will do a lot.
"I'm 60 this year, so we'll have a bloody good birthday! I think we'll have a holiday and a big party in the garden. The garden will be getting landscaped now."
The grandmother-of-three was joined by her daughter Rebecca when she received a knock at the door from Judie McCourt. Rebecca said, "We've never had a family holiday so it would be lovely to go away with all the kids."
Dream Holiday Plans
Dawn is planning her dream holidays after scooping her £30,000 Street Prize cheque. She said, "It feels absolutely wonderful, I'm elated! It's so lovely to have something you've never had like a big chunk of money.
"I've always fancied a Rhine River cruise and I've always wanted to go to Niagara Falls. And maybe after that a new roof."
Street Prize Presenter Judie McCourt said, "What a whopping surprise for our latest £30,000 winners in Hartlepool. Neighbours winning together is what the Postcode Lottery is all about and it was great to see so much joy on the street.
"I hope they enjoy treating themselves and their loved ones with the cash."
Deserving Projects Everywhere
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted by Postcode International Trust (opens in a new tab), which provides regular grant funding to organisations that work to alleviate poverty, hunger and enable food security. Supported charities include Action Against Hunger, ActionAid and British Red Cross.
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