People's Postcode Lottery winner feared Ant and Dec prank as street hit jackpot

Georgina Riley with others as she celebrated her People's Postcode Lottery win
Georgina Riley with others as she celebrated her People's Postcode Lottery win -Credit:Supplied

A Midlands woman has hit the jackpot with the People's Postcode Lottery, scooping a cool £83,000. Yet she initially believed it was a prank by TV duo Ant and Dec.

Georgina Riley, 39, recounted her disbelief, saying: "It feels surreal. I was waiting for Ant and Dec to leap out and say that this isn't real. I changed my outfit four times this morning, I haven't eaten anything and I almost fainted on the doorstep.

"Then I realised I hadn't done my nails. It's all been very stressful." The win means Georgina, along with her husband Paul, 41, and their two children, can now look forward to scaling the heights of the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, swimming with dolphins, and enjoying a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant during their upcoming Dubai holiday.

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In total, 11 residents of Violet Avenue in Newthorpe, Nottingham, were celebrating after winning the lottery, with one lucky neighbour pocketing £166,666 thanks to purchasing two tickets. Dian Westley, 56, shared her first purchase, saying: "The first thing I bought for my husband when I knew I had won was a dryrobe. It's overwhelming, unbelievable.

"I can't take it all in. I'd like to go to Walt Disney World in Florida again. I'd like to do it with the whole family, it's one of my dreams." Meanwhile, Janice Noon, 72, expressed her astonishment at the win: "I'm still in shock, my heart's going! But it's nice...a lovely feeling," reports Birmingham Live.

"The cheque will be framed and is going up in the toilet. It's brilliant to win with our neighbours, it's a brilliant community. The champagne is already on ice." Among the beneficiaries of the Violet Drive prize pot were several local charities.

€60,000 was awarded to Home Start Nottingham who assist families facing challenges in the East Midlands as well as Citizens Advice Broxtowe. Broxtowe Women's Project joyfully received £50,000 whereas Age Concern Eastwood procured £20,000.

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