December has got off to a good start for two Barnsley neighbours. Thanks to playing People's Postcode Lottery, they have scooped a cash prize of £25,000 each.
The neighbours picked up the cash when their postcode, S71 5HW, was announced as the monthly BMW and £25,000 prize winner.
Royal Navy veteran Anthony, who is now a carer for his wife Elizabeth, was one of the winners. As well as £25,000 he also won a brand new BMW. He said, "I've been a normal working man all my life and never expected anything like this to happen to me, so it's a shock but it's just smashing!"
Anthony served in the Royal Navy for 16 years and served three of those in Hong Kong, where he now hopes to return with Elizabeth. He said, "When I was last in Hong Kong it was for work, so it would be fantastic to visit again this time purely for a holiday."
The jet-setting doesn't stop there for the couple, who also plan to visit Australia to see some of Elizabeth's family members who she hasn't seen for over 60 years. Anthony said, "Last year we went on holiday to Skegness so it's safe to say 2019 will be slightly more tropical for us!"
One of the reasons Anthony plays People's Postcode Lottery is because of all the charities he knows he's helping to support. "I'm chuffed to bits because of all the charitable work that's done. It's great to know so many people are benefiting."
Congratulating the winners, People's Postcode Lottery Presenter Jeff Brazier said, "I've loved meeting Anthony and Elizabeth and it's amazing to hear that they can now go globetrotting in 2019 – I hope they have the best time! Well done to our Barnsley players."
32% of the ticket price goes to charities and players of People's Postcode Lottery have now raised £361 Million for good causes. This prize was part of a draw promoted by The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association.
One local charity that has benefited from player funding is DIAL Barnsley. The group received £9,500 last year to help disabled people in the community access financial advice and support.
Jeff announced the big win in a Facebook Live video as he opened door number four of the People's Postcode Lottery advent calendar. Remember to check our Facebook page each day for more advent updates and chances to win some goodies!