A gran nicknamed Mrs Christmas has promised her family they'll have an amazing festive celebration after she won big with People's Postcode Lottery. Emotional Elaine broke down after banking £66,666 exactly a year after signing up to play.
Now the mum-of-two is planning to make the festive season a ho-ho-holiday to remember.
Mrs Christmas Delivers
Elaine, who already has her semi decked out in tinsel and baubles, said, "I can give all the family a great Christmas. I would have Christmas all year round if I could. But this year it will be amazing.
"During COVID the first time we could get together was in July 2021, and I had Christmas in the garden. I did it all up. The family are all calling me Mrs Christmas."
Husband Eddie added, "Our daughter Lynsey is hosting Christmas this year, but we'll make sure the spread is all there for her."
Elaine shared the £1 Million jackpot with 14 neighbours in Old Kilpatrick after postcode G60 5NN landed our weekly Millionaire Street prize. Every ticket was worth a whopping £66,666.
Now the first gift Elaine plans on giving her family is a trip to Hawaii.
The retired nursery nurse and nanny said, "I started playing a year ago this month. This is lovely. I never expected that amount of money in a million years. We'll be taking everyone on a holiday. I'd love to go back to Hawaii and visit my cousin in Australia.
"I'll help the kids out. I would have done that no matter what I'd won."
Community centre manager Eddie added, "This couldn't have happened to a nicer person than Elaine. She is always making sure that everyone in the family is taken care of."
Kirsty's partner Tony had no idea she had been playing People's Postcode Lottery for 12 years until she phoned him at work to tell him she'd won!
Kirsty said, "He had no idea I even played the lottery. I signed up in 2011 and it's something I always played, but just never mentioned it to him."
Driver Tony said, "Kirsty called me when I was delivering a parcel. I'm happy for her because she was so giddy."
First Kirsty and Tony will plough on with a planned home extension to give them and their four kids more room. Kirsty said, "We already have plans to extend the house. We have four kids and are a bit cramped. This will help."
But the insurance claims worker also has her sights set on a Chanel handbag and maybe a 2024 winter wedding to her partner of 23 years.
Kirsty said, "I'd love to treat myself. Maybe a designer handbag... Chanel? It's been a dream to have a nice wee designer handbag.
"The plan was maybe to get married next year. We might go for that. A nice winter wedding."
She added, "I'm overwhelmed, but this is amazing. I didn't allow myself to think what the figure would be."
New Car, New Bar
Down the road, James wants to upgrade his Peugeot 5007 car and head to Spain to visit pals.
Senior quantity surveyor James said "I'd like to buy a new car and I can feel Spain coming on. I've got friends over there."
Dad-of-three James also plans to continue with his house improvements after converting a downstairs family room and bedroom into Pritchy's Bar 54 earlier this year. And he might make time to add to his collection of 20 watches.
Speaking as he pulled a pint in his home boozer, James said, "I started this project in February and finished in March. It's a great place to have friends round."
He added, "I love my watches. But I'd feel guilty if I buy myself another one. I might look at one for my son's Christmas."
Winning And Losing
AA man John saw his winnings then joked, "This is getting me jump-started."
Now he is dreaming of a trip to watch his favourite American football team, Arizona Cardinals, in action at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, near Phoenix.
The dad-of-two, who celebrated with dinner lady wife Susan said, "I like American football and have liked the Cardinals since I watched a TV programme about them. Mind you, maybe this isn't the best time to go and see them when they've lost nine and won two."
He added, "We’ve got another grandchild on the way, so this will come in handy."
Back To Japan
A few doors along, Richard wants a return trip to Japan after falling in love with the country on a break last year with pharmacy technician wife Lorna and student son Cameron.
Excavator driver Richard said, "We had a great holiday in Japan last year and want to go back."
He added, "I signed up for People's Postcode Lottery to give local charities some money."
The neighbours all signed up because they know their tickets benefit charities. A combined total of £1 Million will be shared between local charities in the winning Millionaire Street areas as part of November's Postcode Lottery draws.
Changing The World
And this week's Old Kilpatrick win means one local charity can now take their services out on the road after being awarded a game-changing £100,000 by the People's Postcode Trust.
Golden Friendships is a Clydebank-based charity which promotes social inclusion by organising entertainment, events and fun activities for everyone, and supports up to 4,500 vulnerable community members every month.
Part of the funds will be used to help purchase a wheelchair-friendly minibus to take its patrons, many of whom experience mobility issues, on cultural trips around Scotland and the UK.
Golden Friendships founder Jim McLaren said, "This funding has all been made possible by players of People's Postcode Lottery and will make an enormous impact on the opportunities this humble charity can create for our community. We are eternally grateful."
He added, "For us, social inclusion is about improving the opportunities and dignity of those disadvantaged in our community. We're incredibly proud of what we've achieved since we started in 2018 but you always want to do more - and now we can."
Some other charities in the Old Kilpatrick area receiving funding because of Saturday's Millionaire Street prize win include:
Old Kirkpatrick Food Parcels - £35,000 Their goal is to alleviate food poverty and social isolation in the local area. Their community hub is a safe space and welcome to all, with activities taking place daily.
Community Links Scotland - £25,000 The organisation delivers projects responding to community needs which include employability and training schemes. They also provide support and offer guidance to help communities thrive and reach their potential.
Made With Love - £10,000 Made With Love (JMJ) is a non-profit social enterprise that helps children suffering from hunger. They work with schools to provide Christmas hampers, prepare packed lunches, and run a community café that's open to everyone.
Clydebank Men's Shed - £10,000 Clydebank Men's Shed plays a critical part in the local community, helping those who are disadvantaged or excluded from the mainstream.
Dynamite Gymnastics Club - £5,000 Dynamite Gymnastics Club offers gymnastics classes to over 600 members from the age of 18 months plus, from beginners to performance athletes on Scottish national squads.
All funding was awarded by People's Postcode Trust (opens in a new tab).
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted on behalf of Postcode Animal Trust (opens in a new tab). Supported by our players, this trust delivers grant funding to organisations that work to to educate, support and promote animal welfare and conservation, and demonstrate the enjoyment that animals bring to people’s lives. Benefiting charities include Dogs Trust, Cats Protection and PDSA.
Players aren't the only ones who benefit from People's Postcode Lottery. 33% of the ticket price goes to charities and good causes. Thanks to our players, more than £1.2 Billion has been raised for thousands of deserving projects around the world.