Neighbours in tears as £3.1 million lottery win leaves them with big plans

Residents in Stoke-on-Trent shared a £3.1 million People’s Postcode Lottery win, with Dawn Simpson among those in tears as she found out her family received a cheque worth £381,182

Residents in Stoke are celebrating after winning the postcode lottery
Dawn and Gary Simpson react after winning the lottery

Residents were left in tears of joy as they planned holidays and new homes after a postcode lottery win in Stoke saw £3.1 million given out.

Hundreds of people won money and four neighbours in Longton have each received a cheque for £381,182 after their postcode of ST3 2RA came out in the draw, reported StokeonTrentLive.

Another 812 other players in the postcode sector of ST3 2, were also celebrating after collecting prizes of between £1,769 to £10,614 depending on the number of tickets played with.

The moment one of the lucky families discovered they were to receive a six-figure cheque was caught on video when lottery ambassador Danyl Johnson popped round.

Players pay £10 a month to take part with winning postcodes announced every day.

Lottery ambassador Danyl Johnson congratulated a couple who won the postcode lottery

Danyl went along to Glencoe Street where he gave Dawn and husband Gary Simpson their £381,182 cheque.

Dawn, 40, said: “Oh my God, I’m over the moon. I’m ready to cry! A life changing sum of money. I’m just absolutely ecstatic for everybody else because at the end of the day everybody deserves it.”

Gary, who works as a retail security guard and a doorman, added: “It means a lot. We’ve won money in the past, but never that amount or anywhere near it.

“We’ll probably book a holiday somewhere. Somewhere where we can take the dog and go as a family.

Mum-of-two Dawn said she will be crying for joy over the coming days

“We could maybe look at moving. We both said we want to move just because we want a bigger house and you can’t get one through the council unless you have exceptional circumstances.

“Plus, my knees aren’t that good either and we always entertained the thought of having a bungalow. We can get a nice place with a big yard for the dog to run round in.

“It’ll be nice to have something that we couldn’t have gotten normally.”

Mum-of-two Dawn added: “I’ll be crying my eyes out for most of the day probably. I’ve got to go shopping in a bit later. I’m in a world of my own!”

Gary is thinking of training now to do the job he has always wanted to do.

He said: “Now I can get the job I want to go into. I’ve always wanted to do a different job and I could probably do that course now, which is an excavator driver, which I’ve always wanted to do.

“We’ve never had the money to do the course and I can afford that now. I’ve never had the finances to do it and now I do!”

The couple were also looking forward to treating their two sons over the festive period.

He said: “The boys have told us what they wanted, we were originally going to have a look at my wages this month and we thought we were going to be limited a bit with what they could have had off the list. But now they can have whatever they want.”

Dawn said her mum was also in tears when she shared the news.

“She started crying on the phone and my dad had to hold her and just make sure she was okay,” she said. “I rang my nana after and said – ‘you need to sit down!’”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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