Four Newhaven residents are celebrating this weekend after they each won £30,000 with People's Postcode Lottery. The Lee Way neighbours scooped the cash after BN9 9SR was picked as the winning postcode of today's Street Prize. In February's draws, our #30KADAY Street Prizes mean lucky winners will collect £30,000 cheques every single day.
Christine was one of our lucky £30,000 winners, just in time for her birthday. She said, "Our son Nicky is a big practical joker, so I thought it was a wind up. When you came to the door, I couldn't believe it. It was a wonderful surprise - it took my breath away. It's my birthday next week, too!"
Christine's husband Jez was also at home when our Street Prize team arrived. He said, "Lovely jubbly. I'm overjoyed. We can go shed shopping! I need a new shed... and a holiday!" Christine added, "He's gobsmacked, and that takes a lot."
The couple said they'd celebrate with their son and grandson. Christine said, "We might take them out for a meal, if they're lucky!"
Ilse also landed a £30,000 prize. She said, "I thought I was going to faint. This never happens but it happened to me, and it was a big cheque!"
Ilse has unfortunately had illnesses within her family, so the money couldn't have come at a better time. She said, "We've had tragedies in the family over the last few years and I think all of us could do with a little break, so it means a lot. It will do a lot of good, especially with my daughter being ill.
"I always said once she comes out the other side, we can go on a big family holiday, so this really means a lot. We've been thinking about somewhere like Cancun where we can go all-inclusive and just help ourselves."
As our other two winners weren't available to receive their cheques in person, their money will be paid directly into their bank accounts.
Street Prize Presenter Danyl Johnson was in Newhaven to hand out the winning cheques. He said, "It was lovely to meet Ilse and Christine and give them each big cheques. They are both very worthy winners and I'm over the moon for them. I hope Ilse and her family enjoy a well-deserved holiday, and Christine can help Jez buy the shed of his dreams!"
With People's Postcode Lottery, 32% of the ticket price goes to charities and good causes. To date, players have raised more than £500 Million for more than 7,500 deserving projects across Great Britain as well as internationally.
Today's Street Prize is part of a draw promoted by Postcode Local Trust that provides funding for projects in Great Britain that focus on improving biodiversity and green spaces, increasing community access to outdoor spaces, combatting climate change, and promoting sustainability.
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