Corby neighbours crack open the Champagne after sharing £240,000 lottery prize
One lucky player had two tickets!
It's been an incredible weekend for seven Corby neighbours after they shared a £240,000 postcode lottery windfall today (Sunday).
Six residents in the Bideford Square area landed a cheque for £30,000 each after NN18 8DW was announced as today's People's Postcode Lottery winner.
And a seventh - 59-year-old Sandor Piroth - pocketed a whopping £60,000 by playing with two tickets.
He found out how much he won on a video call with lottery ambassador Jeff Brazier but it was just a cheque for £30,000 which was revealed at first.
Sandor said: "Oh wow! That’s a great amount, it's worth doing isn’t it?
“It’s always going to help as we’ve all been going through a hard time right now and it’s the perfect time to win this kind of money, it's brilliant!”
But he was doubly shocked when Jeff then revealed a second cheque for another £30,000.
He said: “Blimey, oh my God, fantastic!”
Sandor, who works in the fishing tackle industry, hopes to treat himself to a new kitchen and cooker with the winnings and he already has his first meal planned out.
He said: “The starter would be a Hungarian goulash because my parents are Hungarian, but no dessert because I’m on a diet."
He also has a special holiday in mind with his girlfriend Lorraine and is looking at a trip to the Maldives.
The ex-serviceman from the Queen’s Regiment plans to donate some of the winnings to his regimental charity, which he plans to visit next month.
Another lucky winner was maintenance engineer Gary Harman, who took home £30,000.
It topped off a perfect week for him as it comes in the same week as his pregnant daughter's gender reveal party and his own 24th wedding anniversary.
He also found out how much he’d won on a video call with lottery ambassador Jeff Brazier and was shocked when his cheque was revealed.
He said: “Wow, wow, wow. Fantastic, yeah amazing, absolutely amazing! That’s a lot of money. I’m over the moon.”
The dad-of-two will soon welcome his first grandchild. His daughter Ellie is pregnant and is due to give birth in October, and he hopes to spend the winnings on his family.
He said: “I can treat the wife and kids and I’ll be buying the grandkid some special things before it even gets here.”
Gary, who has lived in Corby all of his life, and his wife, Donna, have plenty to celebrate as their 24th wedding anniversary is on Monday.
The winnings will help the couple to celebrate in style with a romantic getaway.
He said: “It’s our wedding anniversary tomorrow, which is 24 years so it would be nice maybe to take the wife away, just the two of us on a romantic week or weekend away. Donna has always said she would like to go back to Rome.”
He added: "We’ll crack open a bottle of Champagne and jump in the hot tub tonight.”
The other five winners chose to remain anonymous, but their winnings will be transferred into their bank accounts.
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Jeff Brazier said: “I’m over the moon for our winners in Corby! A big congratulations to everyone.
"What a great way to end the week. I’m sure they’ll enjoy spending the cash and treat themselves to something special.”