There was dancing in the streets of Grangemouth when seven lucky People's Postcode Lottery players discovered they had each won £111,111 with postcode FK3 9AY. Another Grangemouth player, who plays with two tickets, scooped a whopping £222,222.
A total of 192 winners living in postcode sector FK3 9 shared the prize pot of £2 Million, with prizes ranging from £613 to £222,222.
Helen Tonner (known as Eileen) plays with two tickets and walked away with the biggest prize of £222,222. "It's not quite real," she said when People's Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt showed up on her doorstep with Eileen's massive cheque.
Eileen was joined by her husband Michael, her son Paul and her granddaughter Amy, and she was delighted that she was not the only winner on the street. "Everyone who lives here is so lovely – we'll be having a postcode street party tonight!"
Eileen's neighbour, Lorraine Hamilton, was equally shocked with her win. There were screams and tears when she pulled her cheque for £111,111 out of the golden envelope. "I want a designer handbag," she said. "The best in the shop."
Lorraine has a team of supporters to help celebrate her win, including her mum, Alice, who was a sector winner, scooping £4,908. "My mum and I signed up at the same time, as neither of us wanted to miss out if the other one won," she laughed. "This is the first time I've been lucky with a prize, but I've been very lucky in life. I have great friends and family and want to treat them all."
Lyn Neary has a lot to celebrate this week. As well as winning £111,111, she is about to become a grandmother for the third time and is also celebrating her son's promotion. "I just can't believe it," she said.
Lyn, who recently retired from her job as a clerical assistant, was joined by her husband Andrew, her son Graeme and her daughter Jennifer. "This is life changing," she said. "I've got such a lot to celebrate now. My son is a pilot and is just about to start a job at Edinburgh Airport, so he'll be much closer to us, and he's about to become a father! We'll be cracking open the champagne tonight."
Next door neighbours and best friends Roger Fairlie and Julia Marshall were equally thrilled to be presented with cheques of £111,111 each. "It's really overwhelming," said Roger. "It's hard to describe the feeling. I just need to figure out what to do with it."
Roger and his wife Anne have been best friends with their neighbour Julia for over 50 years, and they were all delighted to win together. Julia said, "This is amazing – we have over £200,000 between us."
"We have been going on holiday together for years, so we'll have to think of somewhere pretty special this year," she said.
Jill Moyes was blown away when she realised how much she had won. Jill, who works as a civil servant in Falkirk, said, "I can't wait until it kicks in that I've won. I'm in shock."
A mother of one, Jill is planning on treating her daughter with her win. "My daughter Ellie has been teaching in Uganda and really deserves a treat," she said. "I'd like to take her to New York for a girls' trip, as she has always wanted to go."
Mother-of-two Karen, who works with her fellow winner Jill at the Department of Work and Pensions, would love to get some home and garden improvements with her win. "Jill and I have been frantic all week wondering what we've won," she said. "It's been seven years since I've had a holiday, so I'd love to book somewhere so we can just relax on a sun lounger."
Grangemouth's final winner, Lynsay Mulhall, was extra lucky, as she only signed up to play two months ago. "It's my husband Alan and I's anniversary tomorrow," she said. "I would love to get a holiday booked, a new car and be debt free."
People's Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt was the lucky lady handing out the cheques to the delighted winners from Grangemouth. "It was such an amazing atmosphere today in Grangemouth. All the winners knew each other, and the whole street celebrated together. I hope all of the lucky winners enjoy spending their money."