Biggest winners scoop £166,666 in Washington lotto windfall

John Stephenson hears he has just won �166,666 on the People's Postcode Lottery. Below, Linda Atchison scooped the same amount.
John Stephenson hears he has just won �166,666 on the People's Postcode Lottery. Below, Linda Atchison scooped the same amount.
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LUCKY Washington neighbours were in the party mood as they celebrated sharing a £1million lottery win.

Excited ticket holders gathered in Albany to find out how much they had scooped in the People’s Postcode Lottery draw.

Linda Atchison celebrates winning �166,666. 00 in the Postcode Lottery.

Linda Atchison celebrates winning �166,666. 00 in the Postcode Lottery.

The big winners were John Stephenson, 64, and Linda Atchison, 41, who each got £166,666, as they are both from the lucky Albany Village Centre postcode of NE37 1UB.

Another 75 people, who live in the NE37 1 postcode area, won amounts ranging from £6,000 to £16,000.

A third anonymous winner also won £166,666.

Delighted wagon driver John said: “It’s come at a great time because I’m going to retire. There will be holidays, somewhere hot in Europe and maybe even a cruise.”

John who has four children, 10 grand-children and one great-grandchild, added: “We’ll give some money to the family. Nothing gets touched until they have theirs.”

Linda, who is due to graduate from Northumbria University as a teacher, and is mum to Adam, eight, and Alex, 10, said: “We’ve always said we would take the kids to Disneyworld Florida one day. Now we can.

“I only expected to win around £500 today. I can’t believe it.”

Linda and husband Dave, 40, also plan to invest the money in a new family business.

“Dave has just qualified as a driving instructor so he will be able to start his own business now. This money will just make our life so much easier,” she added.

In a final surprise of the day, prize winner Marilyn Cook was brought back on to the stage in Albany Village Centre to be presented with the keys to a car.

Marilyn, who had already won a cheque for £13,640, was named the winner of the BMW 1 Series prize draw.

The lucky People’s Postcode Lottery £1 Million Magical Postcode Millions winners were also treated to a performance from X Factor 2009 finalist Danyl Johnson.

He said: “I had so much fun performing at the Postcode Millions party. Congratulations to all of the winners, and in particular, those who live in the full winning postcode. ”

The People’s Postcode Lottery has raised more than £15.4million for charities across the country.