People's Postcode Lottery players in Mansfield couldn't believe their luck on Saturday when July's Postcode Millions landed in the Nottinghamshire town. 376 winners shared a fantastic £3 Million prize pot with wins ranging from £1,090 up to a whopping £194,229. Two lucky players who live in full winning postcode NG18 3AG walked away with the biggest cheques.
Chris Vasper, a local business owner, was at the party with his wife Shona. They collected an amazing cheque for £194,229. Chris said that he just couldn't believe he'd won:
“I would never, in a million years, have ever guessed that something like this would happen to us. This money will make such a difference to our lives and our family's.
“Last year my very lovely wife agreed to let me use the family's holiday fund to travel to Des Sables in the Moroccan Sahara to take part in a charity run. So, now I can take her away on the holiday of a lifetime, or maybe a few.
“We have two sons, Dan and Alex. We'll be able to help them buy their first houses now so we're all just over the moon.
“We bought a new bathroom about six years ago and it's been in the garage ever since. It's probably gone out of fashion by now but at least we'll be able to install it.
“I've been playing with People's Postcode Lottery for about a year. I'd tell anyone who's even thinking about playing to do it now. You'll be raising money for charity and you'll be in with a chance of winning – just look at me, the man who's never won anything!”
A second winner who scooped £194,229 was unable to attend the Postcode Millions party. However, they won't miss out - their prize money will be paid directly into their bank account.
Peter Gundel, a signal man for Network Rail, was at the cheque presentation with his wife Liz, an NHS worker. Peter won a whopping £22,896 thanks to playing with three tickets.
“This is life-changing for us,” said Peter, “I’m still in shock, it’s absolutely amazing. Before today we didn't dare think about how much we'd won. We would have been happy with £500 so to win this much is fantastic."
Liz described her excitement of seeing her husband pull out the cheque, “I couldn't believe it when Peter revealed his cheque. I can't wait to tell our family.”
Peter and Liz really enjoyed winning with their whole community. Peter said, “This has been so good for Mansfield, it's so nice to win with our neighbours.”
People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador Judie McCourt said, “It's been a fantastic day here in Mansfield. The sun has shone on our lucky winners and I'm so excited for Chris and Shona who walked away with such a life-changing amount of money. Congratulations to all our lucky winners!"
With a minimum of 30% going to good causes across Great Britain and internationally, People's Postcode Lottery players have so far raised over £129 Million for charities.
Good causes near Mansfield that have benefited from player support include Disability Nottinghamshire. In 2014, they received over £9,000 for their Our Voices project.
For more photos of the July Postcode Millions, check out our Mansfield Millions Facebook album.
Also this weekend, we had a Saturday Street Prize land in Nercwys, another £25,000 Street Prize scooped in Whitstable, the Dream Holidays were won in Barnet and Meltham got lucky with £5,000 and BMW prizes.