Residents in part of Whitley Bay have been celebrating sharing a £2m lottery win – with two walking home £400,000 richer.
Two players were over the moon after winning £400,000 on the People’s Postcode Lottery ‘Postcode Millions’ event while another won £200,000 after their postcode NE25 9BB was revealed as the full winning postcode.
And 170 winners living elsewhere in NE25 9 were among the guests at the Village Urban Resort to collect their winnings – ranging from £5,291 to £400,000.
Margery Eccleston, 76, one of those to win £400,000, said: “I’m blown away.
“I love that I’ve won with my neighbours, although I didn’t know them until today.
“My daughter, Kaylatz, owns the Seacrest Hotel in Whitley Bay so I’ll make sure I’ll invite all the winners for a celebratory party soon.”
Kim Lazenby, 59, was equally shocked to be presented with his £400,000 cheque.
“It’s like a dream,” he said. “It’s phenomenal.”
Kim, who also plays with two tickets, added: “I work as a social worker but I would love to cut back on my hours and concentrate on my art.
“This money will allow me to do that and I’d also love to take a trip to visit my son, Cameron, in Australia and go out with my other son, Ryan, to New Zealand, where he lives.”
Michael Parry, 41, won £200,000 after only signing up as a player last December.
He said: “It’s beginner’s luck.”
Michael’s brother David was also a winner on the day and walked away with £5,291.
Michael, who plans to spend his winnings on a new bike, added: “I signed up to support charities and am shocked that I’ve won so quickly.”
A number of supported charities attended including Children North East, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Rising for the Disabled Association and Depaul UK.
Postcode Millions presenter, and former TFM presenter, Judie McCourt said: “I’m thrilled that the first Postcode Millions event of 2015 is in the north east – my neck of the woods.
“I’ve met some fantastic winners today and they’ve all had a great time finding out how much they’ve won, meeting local charities they support and celebrating together.”