Watch video as Sleaford neighbours win £150,000 lottery prize

There are celebrations on a Sleaford street today (Wednesday) after five people were told they have pocketed a cheque for £30,000 each from the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Screaming in shock, Kelly and Jon Starbuck. EMN-200807-120344001Screaming in shock, Kelly and Jon Starbuck. EMN-200807-120344001
Screaming in shock, Kelly and Jon Starbuck. EMN-200807-120344001

The neighbours in Oat Drive landed the cash when NG34 7WQ was announced as a winner with the lottery today.

Kelly Starbuck, a forty-one-year-old teaching assistant, was joined by her husband Jon when she discovered how much he had won during a video call with People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt.

After screaming out in shock, Kelly said: “Oh my goodness. It’s more than we were expecting, we were imagining how nice £1,000 would be, so this is unbelievably amazing.

“We’re just an ordinary couple with three children and life is busy and life is expensive, so this means a massive amount.”

Kelly and John would love to take the family on a special trip to America. Kelly said: “Jon is in the RAF and our eldest son was born in Alaska while he was on a two-year posting there. He’s desperate to see where he was born and is always asking when we’ll take him. It’s never really been on the cards before now.

“I signed up to play because of my neighbour and I’m so glad I did. Thank you to our neighbours next door.”

Laura Hart is the neighbour who encouraged Kelly to join. Laura, who is mum to two daughters, was emotional when she saw how much she had won and said: “I’ve never won anything before so that is life changing.

Adrian and Melanie Curzon. "You've made our year." EMN-200807-120414001Adrian and Melanie Curzon. "You've made our year." EMN-200807-120414001
Adrian and Melanie Curzon. "You've made our year." EMN-200807-120414001

“I’ve just had my 40th birthday and I’m meant to be celebrating with a girly weekend in Palma but it got cancelled so I was a bit miserable. Then I got a call from Postcode Lottery and now I’ve forgotten all about it. My face hurts from smiling so much and I can’t wait to tell my husband, Danny.

“I’m so pleased to have won with Kelly and John. They’re the best neighbours ever - we’ve even had a fence panel taken out so we can see each other and have socially distanced garden parties.”

Fifty-three-year-old Adrian Curzon was joined by his wife Melanie and Paddy, their 11-year-old Yorkipoo, when he got the good news.

Adrian, who works as a test engineer, said: “We’ve never had any luck like this. This is the best Zoom call ever. You’ve made our year.“

Life changing for Laura Hart. EMN-200807-120359001Life changing for Laura Hart. EMN-200807-120359001
Life changing for Laura Hart. EMN-200807-120359001

The couple would love to treat the family with the win. Melanie commented: “We’ve five children and three grandchildren, the youngest was just born in lockdown 14 weeks ago. It would be lovely to go somewhere next year on a proper family holiday – we’ve never been able to do before.”

The remaining winners chose to remain anonymous but their prize will be paid into their bank account.

People’s Postcode Lottery costs £10 a month to play and there are guaranteed winners every day. People play with their chosen postcode and are automatically entered into all draws. People’s Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities and good causes.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt said: “Surprising our winners is one of the best things about my job, so I’m over the moon for Kelly, Laura, Adrian and our other winners in Sleaford.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt. EMN-200807-120327001People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt. EMN-200807-120327001
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt. EMN-200807-120327001

“It was great to hear their plans for the money and I’m sure there will be a few bottles of fizz being popped open on Oat Drive tonight!”

A minimum of 32 per cent of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have helped raise more than £500 million to date for good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

This draw was promoted on behalf of Amnesty International. Players have raised over £8.1 million for the charity allowing it to work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.