North Shields residents have shared a whopping £290,000 in November's European Postcode Millions. One player, John Taylor, was the luckiest of the lot walking away with an amazing £145,000.
John was part of a celebration which saw 93 residents from winning postcode sector NE29 8 share a £290,000 prize. Revealed to be the only player living in the full winning postcode, NE29 8DU, John took home the lion's share of the prize pot.
A dedicated player for the last two years, John couldn't quite believe it when he was presented with his cheque. “I am absolutely speechless,” he said. “I have never won anything before in my life, this is absolutely life changing.
“I first signed up to support good causes. I am delighted with this win and will definitely continue to play,” continued John.
The 52 year old ex-publican, who now builds bars, doesn't have any plans to give up work, “I think I'll probably take the rest of the year off but I don't think I'll be giving up my job. I love my job.”
There's no doubting where his winnings will be going first this Christmas, “I'm going to be a granddad next month for the first time so I will definitely be spoiling my little granddaughter when she arrives,” said John. But he also has plans to treat himself, “Once the baby arrives I would love to take a trip to Cuba, it's my favourite place in the world and I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather head off to.”
Winners and their families were treated to a drinks reception at The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth where their cash prize amounts were revealed. It was also a chance for everyone to get together and celebrate with their neighbours.
People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador Judie McCourt presented winners with their cheques. “I have absolutely loved being back in the North East presenting cheques to the lovely people of North Shields,” she said. “It was only last month that I was in County Durham for Postcode Millions. Homes in the North East are certainly proving to be very lucky. I'm thrilled for our winners today and I'm sure they all have big plans for their money.”
This is not the first time this year that the North East has experienced good luck with People's Postcode Lottery. Postcode Millions landed in County Durham in November this year when residents shared a prize pot of £2 Million.
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