BRIDE-TO-BE Lesley Garlick says she will finally be able to tie the knot after scooping a £10,000 jackpot.
Lesley, of Newstead Road, Houghton, is celebrating after winning the People’s Postcode Lottery, giving her the perfect start to 2012.
Others living in the winning DH4 5 postcode area have also won a sector prize of £20 for each ticket.
Lesley, 44, who has one ticket, said “I’m so excited. I’m shaking. I never thought I could win.”
“My fiancé Ian and I have been saving to get married in Mexico, and up until now we haven’t been able to afford it – now we can.”
Lesley added that the cash will also go towards a getaway for her and Ian as well as some improvements to their home.
“We will be treating ourselves to a holiday and a lovely new front door too,” she said.
Lesley first signed up to enter the Postcode Lottery when it launched in 2005.
Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt, who turned up at Lesley’s home to reveal she had won, said: “What a lovely way to start the new year. Lesley can now get on with planning her wedding, as well as arranging for some home improvements.”
Lesley’s win comes less than two months after three residents in Albany, Washington, won £166,666 each through the scheme.
John Stephenson, 64, Linda Atchison, 41, and an anonymous winner all took home the jackpot with another 75 people who also live in the NE37 1 postcode area winning amounts ranging from £6,000 to £16,000.
The scheme has awarded £15.7million to various charities.
Charities and groups within the DH postcode have been given more than £15,000 from the independent grant-giving body, People’s Postcode Trust.