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£1 Million Prize

Hempstead Millionaire Street

28 October 2023 - ME7 3TG - Hempstead - £1 Million

Stunned teacher Ashley celebrated an £83,333 People's Postcode Lottery win - then watched his delighted stepdad bag the same prize in a video call.

Dad-of-two Ashley gasped when Presenter Jeff Brazier revealed his prize. Then he immediately FaceTimed football coach dad Adrian - who was at a camp when our Postcode Lottery team came knocking - to unveil his winnings.

The pair - who live on opposite ends of the same road in Hempstead, Kent - are now planning a party at Christmas.

Won Big Happy Family

Ashley said, "To win as a family, I can't believe it. To share this experience with them when they're getting the same thing, it is just amazing."

His mum, Tania, who was there for the presentation, said, "This is incredible for me and Adrian, but I'm so made up for my son and his wife.

"We've been sharing the anticipation together for the past week. It's been such fun."

The father and son shared the £1 Million prize with nine neighbours in Hempstead after ME7 3TG was today revealed as the winner of our weekly Millionaire Street prize. Every ticket was worth £83,333, but one neighbour doubled their winnings thanks to playing with two tickets.

Ashley described what happened when we telephoned to say he'd won. He said, "I was just about to teach a lesson when I got the call and I came running out of the class.

"We love living here. This is my family road - I've lived here since I was a kid. The whole family is going to be buzzing."

Ashley and his wife Josie, a travel agent, now plan to extend their end-terrace home and take their two kids on holiday. Josie said, "We make the most out of everything. This will make us have even more fun."

Ashley's mum Tania - who shares five kids and six grandchildren with hubby Adrian - is also planning a house extension. The care company manager said, "It is an incredible amount of money. We want to put an extension on the house as well."

Weddy To Go

A few doors along, Craig was sheepish as he celebrated fiancée Tamsin's big win - after admitting he tried to talk her out of signing up for People's Postcode Lottery.

Seven-months-pregnant Tamsin said, "I got a letter through the post to join Postcode Lottery a couple of years ago and wanted to play. He said 'No' but I did it anyway."

Manager Craig laughed, "I'm eating my words a bit now. These things don't usually happen to people like us."

Now the couple will plough ahead with plans to build a new bedroom above their semi-detached villa's garage - and finally tie the knot.

Tamsin, who works in the financial crime section of a credit card firm, said, "We've got another baby on the way after Christmas. This is the best feeling."

And she will be calling her friend, who's a wedding planner in Paphos, Cyprus.

The mum-of-two, who's been engaged to Craig for five years, added, "We'll be getting married, but will probably wait until the baby's settled."

Vegas Vows

Winner Mike said he'll splash out on a dream trip to Las Vegas to renew his wedding vows with wife Sharon on their 30th anniversary next year.

Mike, who works as a driver, said, "It's our 30th wedding anniversary and we want to go to Las Vegas to renew our vows. We've got a close group of friends going out with us, which will be lovely."

And he joked, "I did say to my wife that we'll get Elvis to do the vows, but she's not up for that."

Die-hard Liverpool fan Mike said they will also help their 21-year-old twin daughters. He said, "My daughters will be overwhelmed. This is unbelievable. I'm shocked. I was expecting £1,000, but this is amazing."

Wild Dreams

Down the road, Andy was in a fishing competition when he got our call to say he'd won - then went back to the water and came in second place.

Clasping his £83,333 cheque, Andy said, "I was out fishing when the lottery phoned. But I still managed to come second, even with the shock."

Andy said that he and wife Kim will help their two daughters and two grandchildren. And he's already planning to turbo-charge a family holiday to Turkey next year.

The retired car sales worker said, "Believe it or not, I was going to see my accountant this afternoon. Nothing to do with this though!

"We're going on a family holiday to Turkey next year. I might have to pay for everyone now."

He added, "Never in my wildest dreams did I think the prize would be anything like this."

Couple Of Swells

The win was also good news for retiree Tony, who banked £166,666 because he plays with two tickets. Celebrating with wife Jackie, he said, "This is amazing. All of this for a postcode!

"We're going to sort our son and daughter out - and the grandchildren."

Jackie added, "This is a bonus for us."

Help For Homeless

Millionaire Street landing in Hempstead doesn't just mean good news for postcode pals - local charities also benefit.

A total of £1 Million will be shared between the winning Millionaire Street areas as part of October's Postcode Lottery draws.

AMAT UK, based in nearby Medway, enables homeless adults to have access to safe accommodation and the necessary support to rebuild their lives.

Now they are set to employ two full-time support workers for a year after being awarded £50,000 by the Postcode Society Trust.

Founded in 1997, AMAT UK is located within one of the 10% most deprived neighbourhoods in England. It currently accommodates 300 homeless people across 100 fully supported properties and supports up to 3,000 vulnerable adults every year through its community hub, The HIVE.

Jodie Geddes, CEO of AMAT UK, said, "Every single person we work with has experienced an emotional or physical trauma on top of homelessness and our support workers are fundamental in helping them get back on their feet.

"This money will enable us to employ two full time support workers for the next 12 months and the players of People's Postcode Lottery have made this all possible."

Other local charities receiving funding from the Postcode Society Trust thanks to Saturday's Millionaire Street prize win include:

  • Help In The Community (Medway Foodbank) - £40,000 Medway Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working towards stopping hunger in the local area. They provide three days' worth of nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people referred to them in crisis.

  • The All Saints Community Project Trust - £25,000 The All Saints Community Project Trust, based in Chatham, was founded in 2001 and is also known as the Magpie Centre. The Trust provides a range of services for the local community to help support them through times of crisis, offer a warm space and friendly faces - and some hope that the future will be brighter.

  • FASD Awareness - £15,000 FASD Awareness was set up in 2018 to raise awareness of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and support that community. Those main aims are met by providing support and friendship groups, activity days, education training and information to the FASD community and the wider population.

  • Learn & Thrive - £25,000 A charity that help learners with Down's syndrome to access specialist support to help them learn and thrive. They use digital tools to give access to vital learning to a whole generation of people who are currently unable to access support.

  • My Shining Star Children's Cancer Charity - £10,000 A children's cancer charity that supports the financial need of families going through the trauma of childhood cancer in the UK.

  • Medway and District Citizens Advice Bureau - £40,000 Citizens Advice Medway is committed to servicing the Medway area by helping members of their community and standing by them as they overcome each life obstacle.

  • Gillingham Street Angels - £30,000 A charity whose mission is helping homeless, needy, and vulnerable people of all ages in the Medway area. They supply food parcels, clothes, bedding, and general household items, and provide facilities to wash and dry clothes, including bedding, to the street homeless.

  • 20th Gillingham (Hempstead) Air Scouts - £5,000 Open to all young people of every faith and background, the group aims to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

  • Hempstead Village Hall Management Committee - £5,000 A charity responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Village Hall and its surroundings, and the green open space to the rear, known as The Glebe.

Thousands Of Deserving Projects

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 provides grant funding to organisations that work to educate, support and promote animal welfare and conservation. Benefiting charities include Dogs Trust, Riding for the Disabled Association and PDSA.

33% of the ticket price goes to charities and good causes. To date, players have raised more than £1.1 Billion for thousands of deserving projects worldwide. Our players are changing lives every day, helping people and the planet. Thank you for all your support - we really couldn't do it without you.

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Published: 28/10/2023

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