Three players in Ayr will be celebrating this weekend after their postcode, KA7 2ND, was drawn as a winner in the £25,000 Saturday Street Prize.
Janet Paul was shocked to be handed her £25,000 cheque by rugby legend and People's Postcode Lottery presenter Scott Quinnell. "I'm over the moon," she said. "I never win anything."
Janet, 55, who has been playing People's Postcode Lottery for a number of years, decided to sign up to support animal charities. "I'm a huge dog lover, and I knew that by playing, I could support charities such as Dogs Trust," she said. "It's a bonus I've won as well."
Mother-of-one Janet has some canine-related ideas of how to spend her money. "I've always wanted a car with a bigger boot that will easily accommodate my two dogs," she said.
Janet, who works at her local primary school, also has a holiday on her mind. "We have been saving to go on a big family holiday to Florida but weren't sure if we'd be able to afford it – now we definitely can," she said. "There will be a big group of us going – me, my husband Alan, son Daniel, and my brother Richard and friends. Richard lives at the same postcode and will be kicking himself that he doesn't play. We haven't been on holiday in three years, so I'm very excited."
There were two other winners in the postcode who were not available to collect their cheques. Their prize money will be deposited directly into their bank accounts.
People's Postcode Lottery Street Prize presenter Scott Quinnell said, "It was great being in Ayr today to meet Janet. It was clear to see that she is crazy about her dogs, so I hope she gets the car she wants to accommodate them, as well as a nice holiday for her family. I hope she has fun spending the cash."
Players have raised over £66.4 Million for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally. One charity local to today's big winners is South Ayrshire Women's Aid, which was awarded £10,000 from players for their Children & Young People's Outdoor Play Area. The play area provides young people living with the trauma of domestic abuse the opportunity to engage in physical activities and mix with others who have experienced similar situations.