A dad from Holmes Chapel has said he thought it was a joke when he was presented with a cheque for £369,346 on a video call.
56-year-old Ethan Taylor was one four who pocketed the eye-watering jackpot when their postcode CW4 7QD was announced as the winner of People’s Postcode Lottery’s Postcode Millions prize on January 29.
IT worker Ethan was joined by his wife of 17 years, Claire, when he found out how much he’d won on a video call with lottery ambassador Danyl Johnson.
Ethan and Claire both clapped their hands to their faces in shock when they saw the six-figure sum. Ethan said: “You’re joking? You are kidding me. I’m shell shocked. I knew it would be a surprise but bloomin’ heck!”
Ethan joked: “We thought we might be able to get the guttering done and get the dog some new toys. This is beyond my wildest dreams.”
Claire, a HR administrator, was teary-eyed and added: “I’m really emotional. It will make a huge difference to our lives. I can’t really put it into words.”
With a 15-year-old son, Ethan said the money would help secure his future: “We’ll be able to support Logan now in terms of studying and helping him through university and in pursuing his ambitions.”
A romantic treat is also on the cards for Claire, with Ethan commenting: “Claire lost her engagement ring, the diamond fell out and it was pretty small to start with. I’ve been trying to save up to get a replacement for God knows how long.
“We do love travelling and it would be great to do that once the world gets back to normal.”
Claire added: “Maybe that trip to Australia is on the cards! We went on our honeymoon and loved it so we’d like to go back and show Logan this time.”
Ethan says he’d love to use the win to give something back to the local Scout club. He said: “Our son has spent a lot of time with the Scouts over the last few years and the Scout movement has done a lot for him. It would be nice to support them with a little bit more than the £30 membership.”
Another resident winning the top prize was 60-year-old Dawn Williams. She fell back into her sofa when her prize was revealed.
Dawn said: “Oh my God, I can’t even speak. Please tell me this is a wind up?! This is not happening. Someone is going to pinch me in a minute and wake me up."
With two daughters and a 23-month-old grandson, Dawn already has some ideas on how she’ll spend her windfall. She said: “One of my daughters is in Sydney, Australia, so when we can go a first-class flight might be in order this time. I’ll help the kids out and our little grandson too.”
Judi Double, who works in a local florists, was joined by her husband Simon when she received the news.
62-year-old Judi pressed her face to the screen to take in the numbers on the cheque before exclaiming: “Oh my God. No way. That is life changing. This is the best day in January I’ve ever had!”
While Simon, who works in the textiles industry, almost fell off his chair at the news and simply shouted: “What!”
The pair, who have been married 17 years, plan to help their two children get on the property ladder with the cash. Simon said: “It’s been a dream of ours to help the children because it’s so difficult. We’ll certainly give them a hand up, without any shadow of a doubt.
“We’ve got a three-year-old grandson too, so we’ll put a bit away for his future. And we can sit down and plan our retirement now.”
Living in Holmes Chapel for 17 years, they were thrilled to have won alongside so many of their neighbours. Simon said: “We love Holmes Chapel and we love to see the village prosper, so this makes us really happy.”
The fourth winner in the full winning postcode wasn’t available to collect their cheque but the prize will be paid into their bank account.
Prize sums for another 384 players in the sector ranged from £3,685 up to £11,055, depending on the number of tickets played with.
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Danyl Johnson said: “I love delivering good news so it was incredible to give Ethan, Dawn and Judi and their partners such a fantastic surprise – I don’t think any of them were expecting that amount of money! It was lovely to hear how they all plan to share their good fortune with their families.
“It sounds like there’s a real community spirit in Holmes Chapel so I’m delighted so many others will benefit from the £3 million win – congratulations to all our lucky winners!”
People’s Postcode Lottery costs £10 a month to play and there are guaranteed winners every day. People play with their chosen postcode and are automatically entered into all draws.
It’s not just players who win with People’s Postcode Lottery – good causes win too. With a minimum of 32% from each ticket going to charity, players have raised more than £600 million for thousands of charities and good causes.
Local charities benefit too, and Love Music Trust is one good near to the winners that has been supported by players. In 2019 it received £20,000 to deliver creative workshops improving the confidence and resilience of young people in challenging circumstances.
This Postcode Millions draw was held on behalf of Postcode Children Trust. Whizz-Kidz, CLIC Sargent and Magic Breakfast are just a few of the charities supported through the trust that are inspiring and supporting children and young people.
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