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.
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.