The weekend is off to a great start for ten Postcode Lottery players in Old Whittington after their postcode, S41 9LR, got lucky in today's Street Prize. Eight of the neighbours won cheques for £30,000 each, while the other two, who play with two tickets, each doubled their prize to a super £60,000!
Lorraine, a grandmother of 11, was among our winners to receive a knock on the door from Street Prize Presenter Danyl Johnson.
After her £30,000 cheque was revealed her partner, David, said, "It's about time you had some luck. Well done, sweetheart."
Lorraine said, "I've not had a good couple of years. I've had a leg off and two strokes."
"But you've been with me all the way through it," she said, smiling at David. David added, "Well done, Lorraine. I'm proud of you, duck."
When asked how the pair might spend their prize money, David said, "We're going to do the house up for Lorraine. New kitchen and everything, so Lorraine can be more independent." Lorraine joked, "He wants me cooking cakes again!"
Lorraine also plans to use some of her winnings to pay a touching tribute to her late grandson. She said, "My grandson was born stillborn about 10 years ago. I'm going to pay for him to have a proper headstone and grave."
Lyndsey, a council worker, was thrilled with her £30,000 prize. The win comes at a perfect time for her and her husband, Joseph, who have been saving for a house deposit.
Lyndsey said, "This is actually my mum and dad's house. We've got our two little daughters so we recently moved in with my mum and dad so we can save for a house.
"I'm just hopeful we can find somewhere as a family with our two babies. This is beyond our wildest dreams. I can't even speak."
Joseph said, "We've actually been putting bids in on houses for the past six weeks, this is going to be a huge help."
Lyndsey added, "Everyone said when we missed out on a bid for a house that something better was around the corner, and now look!"
Dreams Come True
Wendy, who works at a local hospital, was lost for words when Danyl revealed her £30,000 prize.
She plans to spend the money on some home renovations and a holiday to Gran Canaria, and described her win as "life-changing".
Wendy's husband, Andy, said, "She's been a nightmare since last Wednesday when she got the phone call. I've just been trying to calm her down. But now when I see her, I feel like crying.
"I'm still pinching myself, it's fantastic. Dreams do come true."
The win was also welcome news for Leslie, who'd just had a Norwegian cruise cancelled. Luckily our Postcode Lottery team were on hand to present him with a £30,000 cheque to make up for his misfortune.
Leslie became quite emotional when the news began to sink in. He said, "You're joking, I've never won anything in my life."
Asked what he would do to celebrate that evening, Leslie said, "I've got no idea. I've still got to let it sink in. I think I might go and have a few beers with friends. I might go and visit some friends down in Yarmouth for a couple of days."
When asked if the win would make up for his cancelled cruise he said, "Yeah. I never dreamt in my life of anything like this. I'm shaking. It's mind-blowing."
Shop assistant Susan was one of our lucky £60,000 winners. She was joined by her sons, daughter-in-law and niece, who all cheered enthusiastically when Danyl revealed her prize.
She said, "I was playing and stopped, but I thought I'd have another go with two tickets this time, and here we are! It's absolutely amazing."
Asked how she'd spend the windfall, Susan joked, "I need a shed! But we just might have a cruise next year now, maybe to the Caribbean. I can't wait for the cocktails!"
Also scooping a £60,000 cheque was William, a manager of a local deli counter. He was joined by his partner, Dorcas, when he received the good news.
The pair were in a state of shock when Danyl revealed his prize. Dorcas said, "I thought all the winners were actors, I really did. We didn't think we'd win.
"I'm super-duper excited."
A special celebration is on the cards, with Dorcas commenting, "We're going to go out for tea and have a great big steak. And the dog is going to get spoiled, too!"
Over The Moon
Mum-of-three Anna let out a huge gasp when she saw how much she'd won. She said, "Wow, that's amazing. That's a really good deposit for a house. I'm going to give my children a home.
"My husband and I have been living with my mum and dad and we set up a five-year plan to save for a house. I never thought we'd get anywhere near to £30,000!
"I'm over the moon - I've got a Prosecco ready in the fridge to celebrate!"
Danyl Johnson sent his best wishes to all our winners. He said, "I'm thrilled for all of our winners in Old Whittington, a big congrats to each of them. I hope they celebrate tonight and enjoy spending the money."
Today's prize is part of a draw promoted on behalf of Postcode Animal Trust. This trust has a mission to educate, support and promote animal welfare and conservation. Supported charities include Dogs Trust, Riding for the Disabled Association and PDSA.
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