Two million pounds was shared out between Uckfield people today and three of them each received £333,333.
Just one of the big winners was at the Postcode Lottery Millions celebration at the East Sussex National. Sue Butler was already delighted to have been given £12,779 but then her cheque was torn up before her eyes and she was given a new one to reflect her total winnings.
The winning postcode was TN22 5ED but it was only revealed gradually with the D not falling into place until the last minute.
Everybody knew before the prize-giving ceremony that the winners were Postcode Lottery players with the postcode TN22 5.
One of the screens at the East Sussex National showed the next letter of the postcode being revealed. It was TN22 5E and about ten people with that postcode were called out to watch the final countdown.
They had already received cheques and were quick to congratulate winning Sue who was called back on stage to receive her new prize.
She had said after the first presentation that she planned to buy a new carpet – now she and husband Robin are considering buying a new house.
It was revealed a fortnight ago that TN22 5 was the winning postcode area. Players were sent golden envelopes telling them they were winners and inviting them to the ceremony where they would learn how much they would receive.
The following week the news was announced that the minimum amount won was £500 but when it came to the day the smallest prize was £1064. That was won by June Heather Green, from Ridgewood, who had been playing the lottery for two months.
There were lots of happy faces. Rob Payne who was very excited in the run up to the big day was ill and had to wait in the car while wife Aimee waited to see how much he had won. The answer £14,908.
Aimee told the gathering their son would be two in March and they would now be able to take him to Disney World.
Before the presentations Terry and Sue Kingshott were chatting about how they would spend the minimum £500. She thought it would go on a holiday. “We’ll buy some sunshine,” she said. They took away a cheque for £12,779.
There were multiple winners in two families. Helen Firth won £25,558 and her daughter-in-law Sharon won £6,389.
Two brothers Mike and Tim Slaughter won £12,779 and £23,428 respectively. Tim is celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary next year and Mike’s son Justin recently got engaged so the brothers have plenty of impending celebrations to spend their winnings on.
Sue Butler, 58, who works at Kennedy Hygiene, was still trying to take in the enormity of her win at the end of the ceremony. She and husband Robin have four children and three grandchildren between them.
They had planned to go to the Ringles Cross pub this evening and thought they would stick to that plan. She wasn’t thinking of switching her usual drink of Coke to Champagne, generally she would rather have a cup of tea than Champagne, she said.
Robin said the whole ceremony had been a wonderful occasion. He enjoyed seeing the community celebrating together. “I knew lots of people there,” he said. “Everybody was pleased for everyone else.”
The 99 winners who attended the celebration today walked away with cheques ranging from £1,064 to £333,333. One winner, who had already won £1,064, also picked up the keys to a brand new BMW 1 Series.
As a charity lottery, 50p from every £2 ticket supports charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally. Today’s event saw a number of supported charities in attendance including Riding for the Disabled Association, Missing People, National Museum Wales, Book Aid International and Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.
Alison Hubert, Director of Book Aid International, attended the Postcode Millions at the East Sussex National Hotel and was delighted to meet all of the excited players at the celebration in Uckfield, saying: “Today has been wonderful day, it was so exciting to see everyone receiving their cheques! This has been our first opportunity to get out and meet the winners face to face and say thank you for all their support. Congratulations to all the winners from Uckfield”
People’s Postcode Lottery presenter, Judie McCourt, said: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic day here in Uckfield. The Christmas Postcode Millions is always my favourite event to host as everyone is just bursting with festive cheer! I hope everyone enjoys spending their winnings, I’m sure this will be an extra special Christmas for everyone celebrating today. Congratulations to you all!”
People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery where players play with their postcodes to win prizes whilst raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally.