A COUPLE who won £30,000 in the People’s Postcode Lottery have revealed they almost dismissed the win as a prank.
Stephen Wearmouth and three other lucky Hartlepool players hit the jackpot today as TS26 0JN was announced as the winner.
The four neighbors and their families celebrated a full five-figure win after every hit.
Local business owner Stephen, 46, was “over the moon” after receiving the life-changing money, reports Teeside Live.
Stephen and his wife Kirsty acknowledged the lottery win had come at a good time.
But Kirsty originally thought her husband was playing a prank on her after he said he hit the jackpot.
She said: “I didn’t believe him when he said he won, I thought it was a joke. He’s a prankster, after all.”
The father-of-six was jubilant after winning the golden ticket, saying: “We are over the moon. It’s a big shock, it will make a big difference for us – £30,000 is a lot of money.
“The last few years have been tough. This money will take the pressure off and give us a great opportunity to enjoy the year.
“We can go on vacation and get some little treats for our six kids.”
Kirsty, a well-known member of the community, was also happy to hear that others on her street had also won.
She continued, “I think everyone is struggling at the moment, times are tough and it’s amazing to see our neighbors that we’re really close to winning something.”
Other lucky winners on the street shared how they would spend their winnings.
Jane Short, 59, said she will celebrate her 60th birthday “in style” with her £30,000 win.
Grandmother of three Jane said: “I feel elated – it’s a weird feeling. Even if you pay for the lottery, you never think you will win it.
“It means everything to me. I don’t have a job at the moment and that will make a big difference.
“I’m turning 60 this year, so we’re going to have a great birthday! I think we will have a holiday and a big party in the garden. The garden is now being landscaped.”
While Dawn Cowell, 65, has already started planning her dream holiday after scooping the £30,000 prize.
She said: “It feels absolutely wonderful. I’m thrilled, it’s so nice to have something you’ve never had, like a big chunk of money.
“I’ve always wanted to cruise the Rhine and I’ve always wanted to go to Niagara Falls. And then maybe a new roof.”
The fourth lucky winner chose to remain anonymous.