Lottery winner left speechless when cheque is unveiled

"Wow," said Anthony Clarke, after a few seconds of stunned silence. "I don’t know what to say."

“I just can’t even believe it!”

The 25 year-old had just been presented a cheque after he and six of his neighbours in West Lothian each scooped £30,000 with People's Postcode Lottery – with one of them netting an amazing £60,000 thanks to playing with two tickets.

EH47 8JB in Whitburn was announced as a winning postcode with the lottery on Friday 23rd April, and Anthony already knew how he would spend his winnings with a big day on the horizon: “It means a lot, we’ve got a wedding in 20 weeks which still needs a bit of payment towards it.

“This year has been difficult. We’ve had a few holidays cancelled, we were going to Florida in November and this will allow us to rebook it again and go with the kids next year.”

As the news sank in, Anthony was asked how he felt about the win and responded: “Apart from gobsmacked, top of the world!”

The winners received their good news when the lottery came knocking on their doors. Among the £30,000 winners was Susan Westwood, 65. On seeing how much she had won, she said: “Oh my God. I don’t believe that, it’s brilliant!

“I can’t describe how I feel, I’m just shaking. Things like this just don’t happen.”

Susan could hardly believe her luck but she did have some plans for her prize: “I can’t describe how much it means, I can get the things I want.

"It’ll get me the new kitchen I want and treat my two boys. They’ve been here for me and we’ve been through quite a lot. It’ll be nice to spend it on what I want without thinking about it for a while!”

Susan was thrilled to be winning with her neighbours as well: “I’m so pleased that we’re all sharing it. It’s a good wee street, we all know each other and help each other. Well deserved for all of them.

“I’m over the moon. Chuffed to bits!”

Another winner to receive a £30k cheque was Irene Douglas, 62. On opening a golden envelope to reveal her winnings, her family burst into cheering. Irene said: “Thank you. I thought I was getting something like two grand! I’m going to share it with my family.”

Irene was unsure on what she might use her winnings for, at first: “I don’t know, I’ve never won this much so I’ll need to think about it. I’m still a bit in shock!”

But her thoughts quickly turned to an upcoming family celebration: “When we can leave the country I’ll go to Florida. That’s where my daughter is getting married. Because of Covid she’s had to cancel it twice, but hopefully next year. We’ll have a really good holiday.

“I’m going to enjoy it, believe you me!

Isabel Ramsay, 66 also won £30,000 and was in disbelief of her winnings. After her cheque was revealed she said: “Fabulous, thank you. Oh my gosh! That’s wonderful.”

She later joked: “I asked my husband ‘how much do you think we’ll win?’ he said: £15!”

Isabel is expecting a grandchild in August and couldn’t wait to share her good fortune, she added: “First of all, I’m going to be a granny so I’ll be able to spoil the baby, my family and my friends who have been supportive this year.”

There were also some home improvements in mind: “Hopefully a new kitchen as well! The cooker doesn’t work, the oven is leaky and the fridge must be 25 years old. So it’s well overdue!”

When asked how she might celebrate, Isabel was quick to answer: “I’ve got a bottle of champagne my daughter got me for Mother’s Day. For some reason I didn’t drink it then, but that will be opened today!”

Every day throughout the July draws one postcode will be announced as a £30,000 prize winner. Every player in the winning postcode will receive £30,000 per ticket.

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 £700 million for thousands of good causes across Britain and internationally.

This draw was promoted on behalf of Postcode Planet Trust. Through regular grant funding, the trust supports charities and good causes working to protect and promote our environment and wildlife. Funded charities include WWF-UK, Marine Conservation Society and The Wildlife Trusts.


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