Four Peterborough residents are celebrating this week after winning big. The lucky players' postcode, PE1 4RD, was drawn as Saturday's Street Prize winner, and earned the neighbours £30,000 each.
Deljit Singh was one of the winners. "What a fantastic surprise! My wife Judi is looking forward to kitting out our house with a new kitchen, so I think that's where most of the winnings will go - but we'll also treat ourselves to a holiday as we've been really busy."
Deljit spends a lot of his spare time raising money for charity and working to help others. "A couple of years ago I was obese and at risk of serious illness. Once I'd come to that realisation, I lost almost 10st in a year and now I run a website telling my weight loss story, which I hope will be inspiring and informative for others. I also do lots of sporting events to raise money for charity – last year I climbed Kilimanjaro and this year I'm running a half marathon. The fact that players of People's Postcode Lottery raise so much for charity is one of the main reasons I signed up, and I'll be giving some of my win to back to good causes too."
David Riley also landed a £30,000 cheque. "I'm going to Thailand for Christmas with a group of friends on a golfing holiday, so I'll definitely put some towards that. I used to be a footballer, so golf is my way of being a bit competitive now – just with walking instead of running!
"I run a property rental business too, so the rest of the money will probably go towards our next property – it will be well spent."
Carol Pagan was delighted to win with her neighbours. "It's lovely to share with other people on the street – it's been a great experience and we all know each other a bit better now. I have two children, so they'll each be getting some of the winnings, but my husband Jim and I will treat ourselves to something too."
There was one other £30,000 winner who was not available to receive their cheque in person, but their winnings will be transferred directly into their bank account.
Street Prize Presenter Matt Johnson said, "I've had a fantastic time here in Peterborough meeting our lucky winners. I hope they enjoy spending it – it sounds like there are some exciting plans in the making."
A minimum of 30% of the ticket price goes to charities. To date, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £212 Million for more than 2,800 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.
A local cause that has received support from players is Little Miracles, which was awarded £13,240 last year to renovate its outdoor area so the children can play and learn outdoors in all weathers.
There were also some big celebrations in Fishlake and Hove, as postcode DN7 5LP was drawn as Sunday's Street Prize winner, and players in BN3 5 shared a £3 Million prize pot.