520 people in Hull have each landed a share of £3 Million after their postcode sector, HU3 6, was announced as the winner of April's Postcode Millions prize. The winning postcode was released in an online reveal featuring all our presenters.
Two neighbours each pocketed a cheque for £198,355 thanks to playing with the full winning postcode of HU3 6QQ. They both found out about their wins through video calls with People's Postcode Lottery Presenter Danyl Johnson.
A Life-Changing Amount
Michael, who is usually a pub DJ and is currently volunteering in a local food store, was joined by his partner Becky when he found out he'd landed one of the top prizes. Michael said, "Never! Oh my word. That is a staggering amount - staggering. I'd have been happy with £2,000 but this is life-changing.
"We'll make sure our families are looked after first of all - I'll help out my twin girls, and we'll help our friends out too."
Despite having just moved house, Michael hadn't got around to updating his address with us and, more importantly, the postcode he plays with. When we asked what he'd like to buy with his prize money, a house was top of the list - but only after picking up a bottle of champagne from the local shop to celebrate!
Michael signed up to play People's Postcode Lottery because of the money that goes to charity. He said, "I liked that it went to lots of causes because I do a lot for charity myself. I'm volunteering at the moment for a local food store, helping people access everyday items that can be hard to get and delivering them to people who can't get out.
"It's been challenging but there are lots of nice people. Everyone in this area is lovely and there is already a community spirit here. I know the win will help everyone so much."
Screamed In Shock
Our second big winner was Caroline, who works in the restaurant at a department store, who was equally surprised. After screaming in shock, she said, "Oh my! I was not expecting that much.
"I haven't got a clue what I'll do with it. I'll have a massive party when lockdown's over! There's so much I could do with that amount of money - I'll treat my mum and dad, they've done so much for me, and I'll start learning to drive and get my motorbike on the road."
Our remaining 518 Hull winners have netted different cheques depending on the number of tickets they played with. Players with a single ticket in the winning sector collected £4,535, and those with two tickets picked up £9,070. Six winners who played with three tickets walked away with £13,605!
Danyl Johnson said, "Massive congratulations to Michael and Caroline, and to all of our other winners in HU3 6! It was such a pleasure to present Michael and Caroline with their cheques - even if it was over video call this time - and it was incredible to hear how both of them thought first of how they could help friends and family with the win. I hope they both treat themselves too.
"It sounds like the neighbourhood is a great community and it would be fantastic to hear more from our other winners in the area since we couldn't meet them in person. When you receive your cheque, share a picture with us on social media and let us know how you're going to spend the money!"
Players aren't the only ones who benefit from People's Postcode Lottery. 32% of the ticket price goes to charities and good causes. Thanks to our players, over £500 Million has been raised for more than 7,500 deserving projects around the world.
April's Postcode Millions is part of a draw promoted by Postcode Children Trust, which funds good causes that inspire and support young people to make the most of their lives within their communities. Children 1st, Magic Breakfast and Whizz-Kidz are just a few of the charities that benefit from this funding.
Local charities have benefited from funding raised by players, too. Last year The Goodwin Development Trust was awarded £15,000 to provide a minibus service for people in the local community to improve community inclusion and social wellbeing. In addition, Hull FC Rugby Community Sports and Education Foundation was awarded £16,000 to give young people living in supported accommodation in Hull access to a unique personal development programme.