Neighbours win huge £3.7m jackpot in postcode lottery

Residents of Walderslade are “on top of the world” after winning the jackpot with the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Nine neighbors in Oakhurst Close have each picked up £ 185,000 for each ticket they bought after their zip code, ME5 9AN, was revealed as the big winner in a prize draw.

Big winners in Oakhurst Close, who have won £ 185,000 each for each ticket they played with

The huge prize pool for the street comes in at around £ 2 million.

Along with the biggest winners, a further 1,091 players in the ME5 9 Chatham postcode sector received checks from £ 1,487 to £ 4,461, depending on how many tickets they played with.

A total of £ 3.7 million will be shared through the postcode.

One of the astonishing winners, Patricia Hutchings, was informed of her victory just minutes before leaving for a vacation in Las Vegas.

The 52-year-old said: “I just won the lottery the same day I fly to Las Vegas! I can not believe it. This is not happening to me.

“I’ve never had so much money in my life …”

“It’s a delayed 50th birthday trip. I turned 50 two years ago but because of Covid I could not go anywhere.

“It’s just going to be the best vacation ever.”

Patricia, who works as a financial advisor, added: “I can now cut my hours at work. I’ve done 11 hours a day and it’s been really tiring. I can also fix the kitchen and treat my family when I’m back. It’s totally amazing.

“This has changed my life.”

Robin White, 67, won the biggest prize on the street and could not believe his eyes after seeing his total.

Oakhurst close
Oakhurst close

Because he played with two tickets, he won a total of £ 370,000.

“It will take a while to sink in. I’m pissed,” he said.

The father of five says that he plans to use some of the profits on a long-awaited knee replacement: “I can get a new knee. It will make a huge difference to my life. ”

Another neighbor who wins £ 185,000 is crime scene trainer Carlo Antoncini.

“It’s the biggest April Fool’s joke I’ve ever had,” he said.

“It’s great because we’re such a nice community here …”

Co-winner Brooke Forbes said: “I’ve never had so much money in my life.

“I never thought something like this would happen to me. I’m just on top of the world.

“We have already said whatever it is that we are going to put it against the house and have a great holiday. We have saved a lot for it, but we do not have to do it anymore.”

The People’s Postcode Lottery costs £ 10 a month to play and there are guaranteed winners every day.

Participants play with their chosen postcode and are automatically included in all draws.

Debbie Allen, who runs a beauty therapy school, said: “It’s wonderful because we’re such a nice community here so it’s wonderful to be able to share this with my neighbors.

“I have lived here for over 21 years and most of my neighbors have lived as long or longer than that, so everyone knows each other.”

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