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Seven of the neighbours won £30,000, while the eighth landed £60,000, playing with two tickets.


Eight lucky neighbours from Arnold were awarded a share of £270,000 in the People’s Postcode Lottery.

NG5 6RT was announced as the winning postcode on Sunday, June 12.

People's Postcode Lottery winners
PICTURED: Winners Denise Bell, 71, and Alan Shaw, 74

Seven of the neighbours won £30,000, while the eighth landed £60,000, playing with two tickets.

Following a combined win of £90,000, an elderly couple plan to finally tie the knot in Las Vegas.

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Denise Bell, 71, and Alan Shaw, 74, were among eight neighbours in Arnold celebrating after their Postcode Lottery win.

The couple could not believe their luck when lottery ambassador Jeff Brazier surprised them with two five-figure cheques.

Denise won £60,000 and her partner Alan also took home a cheque for £30,000.

The pair met over 32 years ago and have been engaged for 29 years, after Alan proposed in Asda while Denise worked as a cashier on the checkouts.

They both admitted that life had got in the way, and they had delayed getting married several times but always dreamt of being wed in Las Vegas.

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Denise said: “I can’t believe it… I’m lost for words.

“It’s more money than we’ve ever had.

“We’ll get married finally.

“We’ve always thought it would be amazing to be able to get married in Las Vegas.

“So, we can do that now.”

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The mum-of-two, who works with disabled children and children with learning difficulties, revealed that before any weddings or holidays, the first thing she would use the winnings for is a hip replacement.

Denise said: “I can get a new hip!

“I’ve been on a waiting list for over two years, but I can now go private which will be great because I’ve been in a lot of pain recently.

“I was talking to my daughter when I was very sore last weekend and I said to her ‘I’d love to win the lottery and I could get my hip done’ and then only a few days later the Postcode Lottery are at my front door.”

Chris Adams, 47, was another winner picking up a cheque for £30,000.

He found out about his prize alongside his wife Emma and the pair were left gobsmacked after catching a glimpse of their winning cheque.

Chris said: “Oh my goodness!

“That’s a bit more than a tenner that.”

Emma added: “It’s incredible we really weren’t expecting that.”

The dad-of-two said he’d be taking his family on a “fantastic”, long-awaited holiday abroad using some of the winnings.

Emma, who works as a teacher at a local primary school, laughed in disbelief and added: “The kids have yet to go on an aeroplane.

“We’ve been promising them for a long time and it can finally happen.”

The couple are also in the early process of improving their garden and said that the cash windfall would help them to totally transform their back garden.

Chris said: “We’re going to have a much-improved man cave and a much-improved patio.

“We’ll also probably have grass instead of a meadow or a jungle as it is now.”

Arnold local and Nottingham Forest fan Paul Hovell, 57, said he did not think this year could get much better after his beloved Nottingham Forest were promoted to the Premier League until he won the lottery.

The dad-of-two, who bagged £30,000, said: “That’s a lot of money to us.

“We need a holiday after the last few years and soever, this will really give us a great holiday.

“It feels fantastic to know that our close friends and neighbours have won something, it’s something quite special.”

Susan Harrison, 61, also scooped £30,000 and said that the win could make her upcoming holiday to Italy extra special.

Susan said: “We’re going to Italy next week and we’ve planned to go to Venice for the day and now I’ll be able to go on a gondola which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

The mum-of-two, who worked at a bank for over 43 years before retiring last year, said: “This money will mean I can enjoy my retirement even more and we can splash out a bit and I can also treat my daughters.”

Another £30,000 winner is Colin Barrett, 59, who was joined by his wife Mandy for the surprise.

Shortly after finding out about his cash windfall, Colin said: “We are a family on the street and, it’s just nice to see other people having a bit of luck in life.”

The pair recently retired and said the cash will go towards making their retirement even sweeter.

Colin said: “What was going to be a nice retirement just got a lot nicer and we’ll be more comfortable.

“It’s the icing on the cake.”

People’s Postcode Lottery was created to raise funds for charities in Britain and beyond.

Players of the lottery have now raised more than £900 million for thousands of good causes.

Everyday throughout the June draws, one postcode will be announced as a £30,000 prize winner.

All the players in the postcode will win £30,000 for every ticket they hold.

To find out more, visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk.

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  1. More sucess for arnold. Good. lets hope they put this back into the local community and put money into creating new tourist atractions in Arnold. Its our capital our London and we need to keep investing. They will do the write thing and invest I know it.


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