Lucky grandad scoops £300k Lottery prize

Sandra and Nigel Howard celebrate their People's Postcode Lottery win
Sandra and Nigel Howard celebrate their People's Postcode Lottery win

A Scarborough grandfather has scooped a £333,333 prize after winning the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Nigel Howard, 70, was left speechless after his postcode, YO11 3JG, was announced as the winning code, scooping him a whopping share of a £2million prize pot to be shared between 239 local residents.

Nigel, who only signed up for the competition six months ago and attended the Postcode Millions celebration at Scarborough Spa with his wife Sandra, said: “This is life changing.I just can’t describe how I feel.

“Even though you play it, you just think it’ll never happen in Scarborough – and it has.”

Thanks to playing with the full winning postcode, revealed at the celebration, Nigel plans to pay off his mortgage and treat his family with his winnings.

“This win means I can look after my family now, none of us will have any worries, everything is sorted,” he added.

A second player, who was also playing with the full winning postcode, won a cheque for £666,666, but chose to remain anonymous.

Winner Sarah Ryan, 47, had already scooped £4,132 during the event in Scarborough before discovering she had also won a brand new BMW 1 Series.

The event saw 239 residents in the winning postcode sector YO11 3 share a £2million prize pot, with prizes ranging from £826 - £666,666.

Those living in the full winning postcode win the lion’s share of the prize pot.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador, Judie McCourt, who handed out the cheques to the delighted winners at the Spa said: “It’s been a fantastic day here in Scarborough, I can’t believe we’ve just given away £2 Million.

“What a great start to the weekend for the people of Scarborough. Congratulations to all our lucky winners, especially Nigel.”

It’s not just players who win by playing People’s Postcode Lottery, as a charity lottery over £69.2 Million has been awarded to charities and good causes.

The winners’ celebration saw a number of supported charities in attendance including Girlguiding, Depaul UK, Riding for the Disabled Association, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Missing People, Water Aid and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.