December 10, 2023

I won £333,000 on People’s Postcode Lottery but I’ll only take home a quarter thanks to age-old pact


A GREAT grandmother who won £333,000 on People’s Postcode Lottery will only take home a third thanks to an age-old pact.

Thelma Lewis, 81, signed up for the lottery scheme after her two daughters and one of their sisters-in-law started playing four years ago.


Thelma Lewis won £333,000 on People’s Postcode Lottery – but she’ll only take home a thirdCredit: Postcode Lottery
Thelma revealed plan to split cheque with daughters Helen (far left), Kay and Kay's sister-in-law Ann (right)


Thelma revealed plan to split cheque with daughters Helen (far left), Kay and Kay’s sister-in-law Ann (right)Credit: Postcode Lottery

But the group decided they would split the prize if any of them won.

That means that when she won a whopping £333,333 Postcode Lottery‘s weekly Millionaire Street prize on September 23 – only a quarter was her’s.

She said: “I threw the phone to my daughter when the lottery phoned to tell me. I thought it was someone mucking about.

“I had been about to cancel it, too. I won’t be doing that after this.

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“I want to help the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren.”

And she laughed: “I might like a holiday, but I haven’t got a man to go with me and I don’t want to go on my own.”

Thelma will share the pot with daughter Kay English, 55, her big sister Helen Williams, 57, and Kay’s sister-in-law Ann Hughes, 71 – each bagging £83,333.

Mum-of-two Kay – who plans to help her family and push on with renovations at her new home – said: “Helen started doing the Postcode Lottery first and I signed up a couple of weeks later. We mentioned it to Ann and she started, then my mum.

“We said if anyone had a small win, they would just keep it. But if it was a big win we’d share it between the four of us. But we never thought we’d have all the threes.

“This is a shock, but it has brought sunshine into our lives.”

She added: “We might all go on a cruise together to celebrate.”

Mum-of-one Helen – who lives in the same street as her mum, but has a different postcode – said: “We’re shocked and overwhelmed.”

Great gran Ann added: “I’ll sort my two boys out and think about holidays.”

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