Thanks to playing People's Postcode Lottery, a whopping ten winners in Whiston welcomed £30,000 cheques this weekend. The cash prizes came after their postcode, L35 3JS, scooped today's Street Prize. One of the lucky players snagged a sensational £60,000 as they played with two tickets!
Three days after leaving hospital, Elaine found out she'd won a huge cash windfall. She said, "£30,000 will help out an awful lot after what I've been through. It's absolutely fantastic."
Elaine received five months of chemotherapy followed by major surgery to remove an area of cancer last week.
The grandmother-of-eight received the news alongside her friend and neighbour, Lisa, who also won £30,000. Elaine said, "We've both been ill, I'm still off work now and I'm still sick so it certainly means an awful lot." Lisa added, "It's fantastic - it's peace of mind, isn't it?"
The win was particularly meaningful for Lisa after overcoming her own battle with cancer. She was left quite emotional after the realisation of her five-figure win started to sink in.
Since 2017, Lisa has been in complete remission after recovering from vocal cord cancer. After a few difficult years, the two friends said they were looking forward to the future. Elaine said, "We're definitely going on a holiday, probably Disney in Florida with our grandkids. They'll be made up going to Disney, won't they?"
Lisa also had something special lined up for her granddaughter. She said, "She's going to get a puppy, a dachshund puppy."
The pair intend to surprise their families with the news and start the celebrations by going out to a local restaurant. Elaine said, "We'll open a bottle of Prosecco and probably go out for a meal with the family."
Trip Of A Lifetime
Dad-of-four Chris couldn't believe his luck after pocketing £60,000. He netted the double prize thanks to playing with two tickets. Chris said, "It's a brilliant day, absolutely overwhelmed. It couldn't be any better, just really happy to win that amount."
His wife Anita added, "It really will make a massive difference. We have four children and we've been saving for years for a holiday to the Dominican, so we can pay that off and look at some excursions to really make it a holiday-of-a-lifetime."
The couple are also hoping to extend their house to make room for their growing family. Anita said, "As our boys are getting older and taller, we've been looking at an extension so that would be perfect. It's just massive."
Couldn't Be Happier
Elizabeth was another £30,000 Street Prize winner. She said, "I'm absolutely over the moon, I couldn't be happier - I'm so shocked."
The 43-year-old is planning on treating herself and her family with her windfall. She said, "I can take my family on a nice holiday, treat myself to a new car and I can go shopping. A lot of fabulous shopping. I just can't wait!"
Shut The Front Door
Lucky Andrea was so surprised when Judie revealed her £30,000 cheque that she shouted, "Shut the front door!"
When asked how she might spend the money, she said, "I can treat my kids and go on a holiday to Spain or Disneyland Paris, as the kids really want to go there. Their birthdays are coming up soon as well."
Andrea was quick to share her delight at winning with nine others on the street. She said, "It's lovely to win with your neighbours because they are all so lovely around here, it has brought the street together."
Jumped With Joy
Derek jumped up and down with joy after finding out he'd just become £30,000 richer thanks to his lucky postcode.
Derek, who works as a handyman, is hoping to take a long-awaited holiday with his family. He said, "It was my 50th last year and we couldn't get away so now we can have a nice big holiday this year to make up for it."
Derek was joined by his wife, Paula, who works on a COVID ward at a local hospital. She said, "It's been an awful couple of years - this is just amazing."
Another lucky winner was Susan, who on seeing her cheque exclaimed, "Oh my God! It's unbelievable - it just doesn't happen around here."
Susan and her husband Anthony planned to support their family with their prize money. She said, "We can help our two sons out, so everyone will get a share."
Having lived at the same postcode for over 40 years, she was delighted that so many of her neighbours had also won. Susan added, "We brought our sons up here - it's a lovely community and we've got great neighbours. I just can't believe that so many have won on the street, it's amazing."
Street Prize Presenter Judie McCourt was in Whiston to meet our winners. She said, "I'm absolutely thrilled for our ten lucky winners in Whiston near Liverpool! It's been so special surprising so many lovely neighbours.
"It was such a joyous moment seeing all the winners coming together on the street. I hope they have a great time celebrating the win and spending the cash."
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted by Postcode International Trust, which provides regular grant funding to organisations that work to alleviate poverty, hunger and enable food security. Supported charities include Action Against Hunger, ActionAid and British Red Cross.
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