Residents of Wigan have cause to celebrate after winning £7.9million in the lottery


Lucky players took home between £14,815 and £59,260 and the prizes were revealed at a special event at Parsonage Retail Park in Leigh today.

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Neighbors celebrate their victories

Laura and Stephen Kings have each pocketed £14,815 – just days after it was discovered Laura was pregnant with twins.

Laura said: “We only found out this week it was a boy and a girl, and the day after this news we received two letters saying we had both won and that we could come and get our checks, so we’re having a good week.

“We already have two children and now I have twins on the way. It’s going to be amazing – it’s for them.

Susan and John Bachegalup and their son Chris Bachegalup were also celebrating. John won £14,815, Susan pocketed £44,445 and Chris won £59,260 due to four tickets.

Susan said: “John and Chris didn’t know I was playing and now we’ve all won. It was a shocking day.

She added, “We are going to Florida on Friday! We’re all going – it’s going to be amazing.

Jan Oakes and her daughter Suzanne McLaughlin won over £14,000 each.

Jan spent months in hospital fighting for her life and credits the specialist doctors and nurses for saving her life. So she pledged to donate part of her prize money to the Warrington Hospital service.

Jan said: “The staff were fabulous, I feel like I owe them a lot. The doctors put me in a coma and when I regained consciousness they helped me learn to walk and talk again.

“My family have been told that I may only have a few hours left to live and to be here today with my daughter is amazing.”

Patricia Peverall, who snagged nearly £30,000 with two tickets, said: “I’m really, really happy for everyone and I love that Lowton won for a change.

“It’s a pretty poor area and we deserved a bit of luck.”

Brogan Griffiths and his dad Bryn won £14,815.

Brogan, who is pregnant with her first child, said: “I didn’t expect this amount – it’s unbelievable.

“I am also expecting this year and this money will be used to prepare the house for the arrival of the baby.”

The £7.9m prize was split between 420 players. The full winning postcode was WA3 1BH, with players there receiving £371,932 each.

People’s Postcode Lottery Ambassador Judie McCourt presented some of the winners with their checks.

She said: ‘What an amazing way to start the bank holiday weekend for everyone picking up a check today.

“Neighbors winning together is what the postcode lottery is all about, so it was really special to get our lucky Lowton winners together and surprise them with lots of nice checks.”

The April Postcode Millions draw was held on behalf of Postcode Children Trust, which funds charities dedicated to inspiring and supporting young people.

Local good causes have also benefited, with Creating Adventures in Warrington receiving £11,434 to enrich the lives of adults with autism and learning disabilities.


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