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Furloughed and shielding couple’s lottery win is light at the end of a ‘long, dark tunnel’

Ian Harris, 55, and his wife, 54-year-old Elaine, have lived at the postcode since 1988 and both won, taking home a combined total of £60,000. Elaine, who is currently furloughed from her job as a warehouse operative due to ill health, let out a scream when she saw their prizes. 

She said: “You’re joking! That’s amazing. That’s going to make a massive difference in ways you wouldn’t believe.”

Ian, who has bad asthma so has been shielding since March, added: “I’m a great believer that there’s always a light at the end of every long, dark tunnel so this has come at the right time. I feel very blessed and fortunate right now. This will change our lives, 100 percent.”

DE55 6JH was announced as a winner on Sunday February 21 landing ten lucky players a prize cheque for £30,000 each.

The remaining two winners pocketed £60,000 each in winnings thanks to playing with two tickets.

Elaine lost her father last year and likes to think he had a hand in their windfall.

She said: “I was visiting his grave recently and asked him to have a word with him up there and then we got this phone call. It’s nice to think my dad’s still looking after me.”

Married for 34 years, Ian and Elaine plan to share their good luck with their family.

Ian said: “We’ve two fantastic kids and four grandchildren so we’ll help them out and maybe get a car and have a holiday when we can, have some sunshine and relaxing. We’ve never seen that amount of money before so we’ll use our noggins a little bit.”

But first they plan to celebrate, with Elaine commenting: “We’ll get a takeaway ordered in and we can send some money to our children so they can treat themselves too. We’ll have a Chinese and Facetime!”

Ian and Elaine shared the jackpot with 10 other neighbours, including 44-year-old mum-of-two Jane Larcombe, who plans to use some of her winning on a headstone for her late mum.

“Things like this don’t usually happen to people like me,” she says. “This means a lot.

“I lost my mum 18 months ago and I’ve been trying to save this last year for a headstone but it’s been really hard because they’re so expensive, so that’s the first thing I’m going to buy.”

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.

And with a minimum of 32% from each ticket going to charity, players have raised more than £700 million for thousands of charities and good causes.

This draw was promoted on behalf of Postcode Justice Trust which supports organisations including Amnesty International, Helen Bamber Foundation and Thomson Reuters Foundation with regular grant funding.


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