What a big Lotto cash

YOU'VE WON: Sarah Hamilton with Street prize presenter Judie McCourt.
YOU'VE WON: Sarah Hamilton with Street prize presenter Judie McCourt.
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NEIGHBOURS are sharing a £30,000 jackpot after winning big on the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Sarah Hamilton and Alma O’Connor, from Derwent Terrace, netted £15,000 each when their postcode – NE38 7AT – was drawn as a “Street Prize” winner in the charity lottery.

Sarah, 40, said: “I’m absolutely gobsmacked. I thought, ‘are you kidding? Is this a joke?’ when they told me how much I’d won.”

She now plans to share her new-found fortune with her family.

“I’m taking them all out for a meal – food first, then maybe a holiday and some new shoes,” she said.

Alma and her husband Keith were away for the weekend when Street Prize presenter Judie McCourt dropped by to deliver the good news, so their winner’s cheque was left with a neighbour.

Alma said: “We were travelling in a coach when my friend called to let me know how much we’d won. I thought I’d misheard her at first because you just don’t expect that kind of thing to happen to you.

“January can be a bit flat so this is a lovely boost. My husband and I are both retired and we’ve got family and grandchildren so it’s nice to be able to give them a treat and to have something kept back for a rainy day.”

Lottery chiefs said Sarah and Alma weren’t the only winners, as £2 from every monthly ticket goes to good causes, including Children North East. Players in England have raised £345,000 for Children North East to date.

Catrina Flynn, fund-raising and PR manager for Children North East, said: “We’d like to thank players of the People’s Postcode Lottery because without this money, we wouldn’t be able to help over 5,000 children, young people and families in the region every year. So keep on playing, keep on supporting local charities and good luck.”

People’s Postcode Lottery, self-dubbed “Britain’s charity lottery,” sees players using their postcodes rather than picking charity numbers.

Each week there is a street prize draw, with one winning postcode.