Residents in North Shields were given an early present as they celebrated winning a share of £290,000.
The 93 residents were among the latest winners in the European Postcode Millions with People’s Postcode Lottery thanks to the winning sector of NE29 8.
And one player, John Taylor, walked away with £145,000 as he was the only player living in the full winning postcode.
John, who has been playing the charity lottery for two years, said: “I am absolutely speechless. 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.”
The 52-year-old ex-publican, who now builds bars, added: “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.
“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.”
Winners and their families were treated to a drinks reception at The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth and their cash prize amounts were revealed.
People’s Postcode Lottery Ambassador Judie McCourt said: “I have absolutely loved being back in the north east presenting cheques to the lovely people of North Shields.”
For your chance to be a lucky winner sign up at www.postcodelottery.co.uk