North Tyneside City Council wins big in postcode lottery

Stunned North Tyneside Councilor Anthony McMullen, 33, raised a glass when he was presented with the People’s Postcode Lottery prize – and is now planning a fancy holiday with his badminton coach Sarah Burtenshaw, 30.

Anthony was one of six neighbors in a pretty little cul-de-sac in Seaton Burn, near Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, who took part in the weekly Millionaire Street draw for £1million.

Cllr and software engineer Anthony said, “Wows! I’m lost for words. I was only expecting £10 or probably £20. I didn’t expect such a large number.”

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Each ticket in the NE13 6DU postcode brought in £142,857 – but Anthony doubled his ticket to £285,714 by playing two briefs.

The Labor Councilor said: “We will definitely go on holiday and treat ourselves to more than just save and save.”

“But the first thing I want to do is get the garden ready.”

He added: “When I got a new house I wanted to get a zip code lottery ticket for that address.

“I like the zip code lottery because the money goes to different charities around the country and the area every day.

“It’s a really good win-win for players – and the charities are getting what they need while prices are going up everywhere.”

Anthony also runs the promoter of the Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival for five years, showcasing beers and ciders from the region and beyond.

Across the street, Mark Robson thought the Postcode Lottery call was a scam – so he blocked the number.

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The auto mechanic only believed it was true when Ms. Kay ordered him to come back from work to collect his prize.

Father-of-one Mark, 47, and his car financier Kay, 42, collapsed after pulling a check for £142,857 from the gold envelope.

Now Mark is planning a family vacation and investing in his dream Ford Puma ST.

He said: “I received a call saying I had won an award. But I blocked the number. I didn’t believe it.

“I just went to work this morning but my wife called me to come home.

“I still think I’m dreaming that it’s not real.”

Retired educator Trevor Turnbull and his partner Lee Johnson, 79 – who have 16 children and grandchildren together – are planning a trip down memory lane to their first vacation destination.

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Trevor, 71, said: “Our first holiday together was in Bali 30 years ago. Maybe this is a chance to come back.”

Postcode Lottery Ambassador Matt Johnson said: “The Seaton Burn winners were such a lovely little community, so happy for one another.

“The feel good factor extends beyond them to the local charities and charities across the country that benefit from the players. Every time players buy a ticket, charities win.” North Tyneside City Council wins big in postcode lottery

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