Lucky Whitburn neighbours 'over the moon' with lottery win
Seven neighbours from a West Lothian town are celebrating today after scooping £240,000 with People’s Postcode Lottery.
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Among the lucky residents is a couple who are putting money towards their wedding and a 66-year-old whose grandchild is on the way.
Six winners from EH47 8JB in Whitburn picked up £30,000 each with the seventh netting an amazing £60,000 thanks to playing with two tickets.
Anthony Clarke was stunned when he got a £30,000 prize cheque.
The 25-year-old said it will help pay for his wedding and added: “It means a lot, we’ve got the big day 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."
Isabel Ramsay, 66, also won £30,000 and said: “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.”
“Hopefully a new kitchen as well! It’s well overdue!”
“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.”
Susan Westwood, 65, said she was shaking when she got the news: “I can’t describe how I feel, I’m just shaking. Things like this just don’t happen.”
“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 and was glad that others had shared in her good fortune.
She said: “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.”
Another winner to receive a big cheque was Irene Douglas, 62, who 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.
“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.
The remaining winners from the postcode were not available to collect their cheques, or opted to remain anonymous, and their winnings will be transferred into their bank accounts.
People’s Postcode Lottery costs £10 a month to play and there are guaranteed winners every day with 32 per cent of ticket sales going to charity.