Welsh town splits £3,700,000 postcode lottery win between 435 people

Undated handout photo issued by the People's Postcode Lottery of its Ambassador Matt Johnson with neighbors from Pen-Y-Dre in Rhymney, South Wales who are among the 435 winners living in Rhymney, South Wales by a 3.7 share Millions of euros up for grabs in cash through the People's Postcode Lottery. Issue date: Saturday May 28, 2022. PA Photo. See PA Story LOTTERY Rhymney. Photo credit should read: People's Postcode Lottery/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

Neighbors in Rhymney, South Wales celebrate their massive victory (Image: PA)

More than 400 people in a Welsh town will be bursting with champagne after winning a £3.7million share of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Nine lucky neighbors from Pen-Y-Dre in Rhymney took home most of the prize after their postcode, NP22 5DL, was named the big winner.

Edward Owen, 76, who played two tickets, won £370,000 while the other eight took home £185,000.

The retired steel worker said he was “absolutely thrilled” and plans to spend the money on a new car and drive around the world.

“You never expect to win that much money,” said Mr. Owen. “I don’t think they will believe me when I tell them how much I’ve won.”

Lisa Scanlon, 43, a quality controller at a chocolate factory, cashed in £185,000.

She said: “I’m always teased in my family for being smart about my money, so I need to find something exciting to spend it on, maybe a trip to the Maldives.”

Lewis Lance, 68, who has lived in his home for more than 34 years, said he hopes to buy a bungalow with his partner Rose.

“I’m on cloud nine,” he said. ‘We’ve been thinking about buying a bungalow for the past few years and now I definitely think we’ll take the plunge and give it a go.’

Rose, an NHS worker, was unable to enjoy the celebrations for long as she had to leave for a shift but said the win will help the “entire family”.

“The last few years have been really tough and I’ve been working seven days a week so this money really came at a great time,” she said.

“We’re going to have a big party and spoil our children and grandchildren.”

Gladys Kent, 72, said she was looking forward to shopping for a new pair of slippers.

Ms Kent, a retired domestic help, is also planning to get a new car with ramp access for her mobility scooter, a new three-piece suite, and she will be taking her whole family on a trip to Benidorm.

“Tomorrow is my husband Gary’s 75th birthday so we’re going to have a big party with our three kids and eight grandkids, now we have even more reason to celebrate,” she said.

A further 426 players in the same postcode received checks ranging from £3,894 to £11,682 depending on how many tickets they played with.

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