£1 Million Prize
Plymouth Millionaire Street
A squad of serving and ex-armed forces personnel who live on the same street have shared our latest £1 Million Millionaire Street prize.
The stunned military men and women were brought to attention when they were presented with cheques for £100,000 each.
Double The Money
One ex-squaddie doubled his prize after signing up for two Postcode Lottery tickets.
Darren, a former sergeant with 4 Rifles, said, "This whole street and all the way round the corner is about 80% military.
"It's a military community as well as a civilian one. We're all part of the one street, but it's great that so many military personnel have won."
Fibre optic splicer Darren shared the £1 Million prize with eight neighbours in Plymouth after PL6 7EA was revealed as the winner of our Millionaire Street prize today.
Every ticket was worth £100,000, but Darren bagged £200,000 with his two tickets.
Now he's planning a lads' holiday to Benidorm with his two sons, aged 21 and 18.
He said, "I'll definitely take my two sons on a boys' holiday to Benidorm."
Wife Justine, a nursery practitioner, chipped in, "I want to go to New York! I'm just a bit shocked because things like this never happens to us. But we're happy."
A Lucky Delay
Friends Alison and Tracy picked up their windfalls with their hubbies, who had served together in the Royal Marines.
Tracy, a former leading hand in the Royal Navy, revealed she only bagged the prize because of a delayed house move.
The mum-of-one and husband Mark flitted away from the street a week before and hadn't changed their Postcode Lottery ticket.
Civil servant Tracy said, "We put the house on the market in January. The fortunate thing is that the sale and move took nine months.
"Changing the ticket to our new address was on my list of things to do, because that's what I thought you had to do.
"But I said to my husband last Monday that it would be ironic if the Postcode Lottery turned up after we moved – and 48 hours later we got an email and phone call.
"I'll not be changing my ticket now and we'll take a new one out at the new postcode."
Now Tracy wants to take daughter Erin, 15, to a Formula 1 race in Monza, Italy.
Tracy said, "Her dream is to work for a Formula 1 team."
Lorry driver hubby Mark, a former sergeant who served in Iraq, added, "We didn’t think it would be anything like this amount!"
Celebrating With Neighbours
Insolvency administrator Alison, gasped "I did not expect that" when presented with her cheque.
Royal Marine hubby Tony, a Warrant Officer Class 2, grinned, "Welcome to the winners' enclosure."
The pair now plan to help their two daughters, aged 32 and 33, and granddaughters, aged two and one.
Tony, nicknamed Rhino, said, "We'll definitely help the girls and share it with family."
He added, "It's brilliant to also share it with our neighbours.
"The majority of people on the street are all armed forces and we all sort of know each other through the armed forces."
The winning street in Plymouth is close to Ministry of Defence accommodation, with many personnel snapping up homes in the nearby area.
Mother And Daughter Winners
Shocked Carla told how she and hubby Ash signed up for Postcode Lottery after her mum won a £1,000 a few years ago.
University administrator Carla said, "When we lived with mum, she won £1,000 on the Postcode Lottery and we wanted to sign up when we moved to our own place.
"I've called my mum and let her know we've won £99,000 more than she did. She started crying, I started crying. It's just incredible."
"We'll finish doing up the house with this."
Ash, a former Leading Engineer and Technician in the Royal Navy, said, "It's all ex-military around here mostly. We all get on, it's quite a close-knit street."
He added, "This is life changing. We'll probably end up in New York again. We'd love to go over Christmas and New Year, to see the ball dropping."
Carla said, "Well, you've got to go away to make life worthwhile."
Mum-of-three Sarah is also dreaming of holidays with her kids and gas engineer partner Lee, a former soldier.
Sarah, a phlebotomist and receptionist in a GP surgery, said, "I'm going to bed with this cheque underneath my pillow.
"I'm physically shaking. I talk for England and this has left me lost for words. Now this really happens to normal people like me."
She added, "I'd like to treat my partner and kids. They'd like Disneyland Paris, but I'd like the Maldives."
Postcode Lottery Presenter Danyl Johnson said, "I'm delighted for the nine lucky neighbours winning together in Plymouth."
Charities Win Too
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted on behalf of Postcode Animal Trust (opens in a new tab). Supported by our players, the Trust's mission is to educate, support and promote animal welfare and conservation, and demonstrate the enjoyment that animals bring to people's lives. Benefiting charities include Battersea, PDSA and Cats Protection.
Danyl was delighted to hear about a charity that's benefited from player support. He said, "Every time players buy a ticket, charities win and it's great that local charities such as Veterans Outdoors is providing support, friendship and outdoor wellbeing for British veterans".
Veterans Outdoors promotes and protects the mental health and wellbeing of British military veterans through horticultural therapy and other outdoor wellbeing activities. This year, the Devon-based charity has been awarded £14,950 thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery.
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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