One street in South Shields is home to three lottery winners who have between them won an incredible £120,000 thanks to their lucky postcode. The Seymour Court neighbours netted the cash when NE34 0DQ was announced as today's Street Prize winner. Two of the neighbours scooped £30,000 each, while the third picked up a cheque for £60,000 because he was playing with two tickets.
A Ring For Norma
James, a retired structural engineer, was the lucky double-ticket holder. He was joined by Norma, his wife of 47 years, when he discovered how much he'd won. He said, "When I first proposed to Norma I was a bit stingy and didn't get her a proper engagement ring, so we'll be heading to the Metro Centre and I'll be treating her to a ring.
"I'm not particularly lucky and the only time I've ever really won anything prior to this was the day that I met Norma! We've also not had a holiday for a number of years due to ill health, so this will allow us to travel comfortably and be fit enough to enjoy ourselves when we get there. It would be great to head to the Channel Islands."
On A High
James and Norma, who have three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, plan to treat their family with the windfall too. Norma said, "I get great pleasure from giving and things can be very difficult for young people so this will go a long way towards helping them. I think we've been on a high since we won. All I wanted coming into the new year was better health, and I'm starting to feel better already."
One of the reasons they enjoy playing is because of the money that goes towards supporting Good Causes. Norma said, "To know that you're helping charities and helping other people and can still win yourself, I think it's just wonderful. My heart aches for homeless people and I think it must be terrible to sleep rough so I think it's great that charities helping people going through that benefit."
As the remaining winners couldn't be there to collect their cheques in person, their prize money will be paid directly into their bank accounts.
Visiting South Shields to meet our winners was Street Prize Presenter Judie McCourt. She said, "James and Norma are a fantastic couple - it's clear to see how much they adore one another. I'm delighted to hear their new year is off to such a great start and that Norma will eventually get her engagement ring!"
Good Causes Across Great Britain
With 32% of the ticket price going to charity, our players have now raised more than £500 Million for good causes across Great Britain and internationally. People's Postcode Lottery players have funded more than 7,500 deserving projects protecting people and the planet.
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted by Cats Protection, which has received over £1 Million thanks to our generous players. That funding is helping the charity work towards its vision of a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
Local charities win too, and Tyne Rivers Trust is one good cause close to the winners that players have helped support. Last year it was awarded £19,742 to reduce the risk of flooding by creating rain gardens to prevent local surface water run-off.
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