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£1 Million Prize

Tonypandy Millionaire Street

23 September 2023 - CF40 2LL - Tonypandy - £1 Million

A hospital porter found out he'd won the lottery while recovering from a serious illness, in his own hospital.

Barry had been rushed for treatment after falling ill with a flare-up of ulcerative colitis, an inflammation of the digestive system. But he was left stunned when his partner Tracy and the People's Postcode Lottery team revealed his £333,333 cheque on a video call.

Poorly Barry, speaking from his hospital bed, said, "You can't beat medicine like that."

He shared the £1 Million prize with two neighbours in Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, after CF40 2LL was revealed as the winner of our weekly Millionaire Street prize.

Big News For Barry

Barry struggled to take in the whopping windfall. He suffered a stroke four years ago and has also undergone heart surgery. Barry said, "Oh my God! Brilliant. I can't believe it, it's mad. It hasn't really sunk in. I'm not feeling my best or looking my best.

"I haven't really thought about what we can do with the money. It's hard to think straight. I'm up to my eyeballs on strong antibiotics. But we'll sort family and friends out."

Partner Tracy broke down in tears and started shaking when she saw the cheque. Still holding the phone while livestreaming Barry, she blurted out, "Are you serious?"

Tracy, who also works in the hospital as a support worker in the endoscopy department, said, "I took him to the A&E. He was really unwell and not feeling like himself. They gave him intravenous steroids and he's now on antibiotics. We had discussed what the amount might be before he went into hospital. But it was nothing like this. This is a life-changing opportunity."

The divorced mum-of-two, who has been with Barry for five years, added, "This hasn't sunk in yet for Barry or me. I might upgrade the car though."

The Fantastic Four

Two doors down, great-grandmother Thelma revealed details of a pact to split her £333,333 win four ways.

Thelma signed up for People's Postcode Lottery after her two daughters and one of their sisters-in-law started playing four years ago. But the group decided they would split the prize if any of them won.

All The Threes

The widow said, "I threw the phone to my daughter when the lottery phoned to tell me. I thought it was someone mucking about.

"I had been about to cancel it, too. I won't be doing that after this. I want to help the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren."

Thelma laughed, "I might like a holiday, but I haven't got a man to go with me and I don't want to go on my own."

Thelma will share the money with daughter Kay, her big sister Helen, and Kay's sister-in-law Ann with each bagging £83,333.

Mum-of-two Kay plans to help her family and push on with renovations at her new home. She said, "Helen started doing the Postcode Lottery first and I signed up a couple of weeks later. We mentioned it to Ann and she started, then my mum.

"We said if anyone had a small win, they would just keep it. But if it was a big win we'd share it between the four of us. But we never thought we'd have all the threes.

"This is a shock, but it has brought sunshine into our lives. We might all go on a cruise together to celebrate."

Mum-of-one Helen said, "We're shocked and overwhelmed."

Great-gran Ann added, "I'll sort my two boys out and think about holidays."

Brazil Triple Beckons

Third winner Frederick said he'll help out his grandchildren and great-grandson, with another great-grandson on the way.

The retired council housing manager said he might also plan another trip to his favourite holiday spot, Brazil.

Divorced Frederick, a former male voice choir singer, said, "I'm excited, but apprehensive. It still doesn't feel real yet.

"I like to travel and have been to Brazil twice, I might look at that again. And I might change the car."

Get The Party Started

People's Postcode Lottery Presenter Matt Johnson said, "It was lovely to be back in my native Wales and get the party started in Tonypandy.

"We had three fantastic winners and, of course, the charities that benefit from our players' commitment every month are winners in this, too.

"The Children's Leukaemia Society is a nearby charity that's run by volunteers.

"Since 2022, £50,000 in funding raised by our players has meant children across Wales, who are living with cancer and leukaemia, have been able to go on respite holidays with their families."

Charities Win Too

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 British Red Cross, ActionAid and Oxfam GB.

With People's Postcode Lottery, 33% of the ticket price goes to amazing charities and good causes around the world. Our players have raised more than £1.1 Billion so far!

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Published: 23/09/2023

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