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£1 Million Prize

Bottesford Millionaire Street

25 May 2024 - NG13 0ED - Bottesford - £1 Million
The Bottesford neighbours show off their winning cheques with Danyl Johnson

A STUNNED pensioner won a share of a £1 Million prize with People's Postcode Lottery just one month after signing up - after his granddaughter egged him on.

Geoffrey was urged by teacher Holly to join after she won a few £10 prizes - but kept forgetting until she reminded him again.

And less than four weeks later the retired trading standards officer bagged £111,111 in his first ever draw.

Geoffrey and wife Jenny celebrate after his £111,111 win

Stunned Geoffrey, of Bottesford, Nottinghamshire, said, "Our granddaughter who lives in London said she had joined the Postcode Lottery and kept winning. She said, 'you've got to do it, Grandad'. I said, 'alright then', but I didn't do it.

"The next time I spoke to her, she asked if I'd done it. I said 'no', and she said, 'do it now'.

"I phoned up and it was so simple. The person said I was too late for the April draw, but it would be available to take part in the May draw. This is the actual May draw and I've won! Oh my God! I can't believe it - £12 in exchange for today's prize is just unbelievable."

He added, "The last thing we won was a 12-inch black and white portable television in the seventies."

Geoffrey landed the bumper windfall with eight neighbours after postcode NG13 0ED won our Millionaire Street prize today. Every ticket was worth £111,111.

And it's the second £1 Million prize for the Nottinghamshire area after 11 neighbours in Newthorpe - just 29 miles away - won Millionaire Street last week.

Now Geoffrey and wife Jenny - who have two children, four grandchildren and a great grandchild on the way - plan to help their family and treat themselves.

Presenter Danyl Johnson surprised Geoffrey and Jenny with the £111,111 prize!

Nottingham Forest fan Geoffrey said. "Firstly we'll help the family. We might look at a new car, the garage roof needs sorted and I'd like some block-paving at the front of the house."

Jenny added, "This never happens to us. I'd love to stay at the Headland Hotel in Cornwall."

Diagonally opposite, best friends and next-door neighbours Olga and Linda hugged each other as they celebrated their win together.

Olga told how Linda had persuaded her to sign up again for the lottery after she cancelled last year.

The grandmother said, "This is so lovely. I must calm down. Linda and I are best friends. We go out together, have lunch together and have been on holiday together.

Next door neighbours Olga and Linda hold their winning cheques aloft

"Linda played and asked if I was playing. I used to play and stopped, so I said 'ok then, I'll start playing again'. I'm so grateful, and I'll enjoy spending it."

Polish-born Olga, supported by husband Frank, said they will complete a newly built extension on their home before treating their sports coach son Paul, and grandchildren.

Olga said, "I want to finish my new extension. Then I'll be taking my beautiful granddaughter on holiday after she finishes her GCSEs. We'll be going to Benidorm because we love Benidorm.

Winner Olga congratulated by her son Paul

"And if my son is ok with it, I might give him a little bit."

Mum-of-three Linda snuggled into husband Bill after being presented with her cheque, then said, "Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! I don't know whether I'm dreaming. We sit there and see it on the TV and think 'if only'.

"We've won the odd £10, but never dreamed we would win more. What an amazing amount of money.

"I joined because it was on the television and it was for a lot of good causes. And it's a nice feeling that you're doing something to help."

Linda and Bill say they'll put the money in the bank until they 'calm down' - but might visit their two sons and grandchildren in Miami, Florida.

Delighted winner Linda celebrates with her husband Bill

Linda, whose daughter sadly passed away three years ago, said, "This is going in the bank for starters and I need to calm down. I feel as high as a kite. When I come down to earth that's when I'll decide what we're going to do with the money.

"My eldest son takes us on cruises to places like Haiti and Alaska. It would be nice to pay for something for him for a change, but he'd never accept it."

Later, as Linda popped in next door for a celebratory gin with chum Olga, she added, "Having a friend like Olga is like winning the Postcode Lottery in itself. She is a good friend. It is really nice that we have both won it together."

The neighbours all said they are passionate about supporting charities at home and abroad. And their combined win has meant a welcome boost for one local organisation.

Nottingham-based charity Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust has been awarded £35,000 by Postcode Community Trust.

Founded in 2009, the charity’s main objective is to inspire children across the region to lead healthy, active lives through sport and countryside education.

Last year alone, the charity surpassed its largest annual total to date, reaching 4,273 children and working with 58 mainstream primary and special educational needs schools.

Darren Bicknell, Chief Executive of Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust, said, "We're absolutely delighted with the funding we've received thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery.

"As well as supporting the everyday running of the charity, the funding will help massively towards our plans to build a new pavilion. This in turn will allow us to double the number of the children we can support."

Charity Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust celebrate Postcode Lottery award

The charity runs four main programmes which champion equity, diversity and inclusion to ensure disadvantaged children and those with special educational needs have equal access to a wide range of sports.

Darren added, "Our biggest programme in terms of numbers is our Cricket & Countryside programme which invites up to 100 school children to play cricket and learn about the countryside.

"Incorporating elements of sport and the English countryside help children to understand and respect the world around them, as well as encouraging them to make healthy, informed life choices."

Other local charities who have benefited from this week's Millionaire Street prize include:

Newark Women's Aid - £80,000

An independent local charity who support women who have experienced physical, emotional, sexual, psychological or economic abuse. They provide specialist services to help empower women to make informed decisions and establish and maintain independence.

Victory Commemoration Hall - £25,000

A community hall known locally as VC Hall, it serves Bottesford, Easthorpe, Muston, Normanton and surrounding villages in the area. The hall regularly hosts events and is used by local groups and organisations for meetings. It is available to hire for a variety of activities.

All funding was awarded by Postcode Community Trust (opens in a new tab).

Deserving Projects

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.

Our players are raising funds for charities and good causes across Britain and around the world. To date, People's Postcode Lottery players have raised more than £1.3 Billion for thousands of deserving projects and organisations.

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Published: 25/05/2024

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