Lottery win for woman who only bought ticket to help charities after mum’s death

When Janet Langson lost her beloved mum to Alzheimer's back in February, she decided to start playing People's Postcode Lottery to help raise money for charities fighting the disease.

So she was absolutely shocked when just a few months later her postcode was picked as a winner of £30,000.

It has been an incredibly tough year for the 55-year-old, from Charnock Richard, Lancs, but the windfall has finally given her something to smile about.

Janet found out how much she’d won on a video call with lottery ambassador Judie McCourt.

She said: “30,000! Wow, brilliant. Fantastic! I actually joined [People’s Postcode Lottery] because my mum had Alzheimer’s and it gives a lot of money to Alzheimer’s charities.

“Just knowing what the figure is, because we’ve all been guessing, it’s brilliant; I’ve hardly slept, I’ve had butterflies in my stomach.”

Janet was one of two People’s Postcode Lottery winners with the postcode PR7 5JX – with a lucky neighbour scooping £60,000 thanks to playing with two tickets.

Janet plans to treat her family and reunite with her sister in America with the winnings: “My sister lives in America, so when we can go, we would go and see her and then go to Vegas because she doesn’t live far from Las Vegas.”

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt said: “What an amazing surprise. I hope this win can help lift Janet and her family’s spirits after a really difficult year. I couldn’t be happier for both our winners and I hope they enjoy spending their winnings.”

People’s Postcode Lottery costs £10 a month to play and there are guaranteed winners every day. People play with their chosen postcode and are automatically entered into all draws.

A minimum of 33% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have helped raise over £750 million to date for thousands of good causes across Britain and internationally.

This draw was promoted on behalf of Postcode Global Trust which supports charities that save lives and improve health care systems with regular grant funding. Supported charities include Médecins Sans Frontières, Sightsavers and WaterAid.

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