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Newark neighbours share record £4m lottery jackpot

Posted onPosted on 3rd Jul

An elderly Newark couple won £666,000 as 606 people in the town shared a £4.1m lottery prize.

The residents in the NG22 0 postcode enjoyed the People’s Postcode Lottery’s biggest prize — more than £1m extra than in a usual Postcode Millions monthly prize draw.

Four Haynes Close neighbours won the biggest amounts, each pocketing £333,009 per ticket after NG22 0JA was revealed as the full winning postcode.

Among them was 75-year-old John Leachman, who doubled his prize winnings to £666,018 thanks to playing with two tickets.

“I can’t believe it. I’m absolutely dumbfounded. This is going to make so much difference to us, it’s just incredible,” he said.

The retired software manufacturing consultant and his wife, Christine, plan to use some of their winnings to find their dream home.

John said: “We’ve always wanted to move to a quiet little bungalow and now this changes everything, we can’t wait to go property shopping.

“We both love travelling and maybe, when we can do that again, we’d go back to Australia or Canada.

“I’ve always fancied a Bentley. So, if there’s money left after the house and helping the family out, I might treat myself to that.”

The other three big winners on Haynes Close chose to remain anonymous.

Prize amounts for other winners in the neighbourhood ranged from £3,132 to £9,396, depending on the number of tickets played.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Danyl Johnson said: “It was fantastic to meet John and Christine and present them with two cheques for a six-figure prize.”

A minimum of 33% from each People’s Postcode Lottery ticket goes to charity and £750m has been raised for 9,000 charities.