Postcode Lottery Win Stuns South Gloucestershire Neighbours
Last Updated: Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 09:54
Two fortuitous Postcode Lottery fans from South Gloucestershire found themselves celebrating after each winning £30,000. The residents of Stroud Road in the town of Patchway landed their sizeable sums after their postcode, BS34 5EN, was drawn at random in the Street Prize draw on Saturday 25th March.
The two men, Nicholas Urch and Glen Collins, both spoke of their utter disbelief when they were informed of the win. The announcement was especially well-timed for Mr Urch who only moved the the area 18 months ago: “I thought it would be good to sign up with a brand new postcode, but I never thought I’d win this much,” the stunned 52-year-old told reporters as he was presented with his prize.
The delirious winner also spoke of how his win would delight his brother, as he would be spending some of his new-found wealth on a trip to Spain for the pair in the not-too-distant future. Another portion of the prize is being earmarked for some home improvements, something Mr Urch can now achieve without financial worry: “I would love to get a lodger at some point but I’ll need to get the house up to scratch – this money will really help,” he smiled.
Mr Collins shared his neighbour’s joy and couldn’t wait to hit the beach with his windfall: “We have a holiday coming up so that will help with spending money,” he told reporters. The thrilled ticket holder also plans to follow in the footsteps of Mr Urch, by upgrading his property, with the addition of a brand new conservatory.
The rest of the neighbourhood were forced to look on in envy as the two men were presented with their five-figure prizes, something that shocked Mr Collins: “I was very surprised that more of my neighbours don’t play,” he said.
The Postcode Lottery doesn’t just make the dreams of its winners come true. The game also donates a minimum of 30 percent of ticket sales to good causes. To date, more than £182 million has been raised for charitable organisations, both in the UK and internationally.