Kirkcudbright Neighbours Kick-start New Year With £90k Lottery Win

There are no January blues for two neighbours in Kirkcudbright who were celebrating over the weekend thanks to bagging a bumper cash bounty after their postcode, DG6 4AN, was announced as a winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Saturday 12 January, 2019


The win saw Hazel Hazlett (65) pick up a cheque for £30,000, while the second winner doubled their prize to a staggering £60,000 thanks to playing with two tickets.


Hazel, who worked as a nurse within the NHS for 45 years but is now retired, was completely taken aback when she received the knock on her door from the People’s Postcode Lottery team. She said: “I thought I might be getting £1,000 so I’m amazed at this. I signed up to play because I knew I’d be supporting charities but I never expected to get anything back, let alone £30,000. This has surpassed all my expectations!”


After recently marking her ruby wedding anniversary with husband Steven, Hazel plans to put some of the windfall towards a special trip away. She commented: “With our anniversary coming the week before Christmas we’ve not had much chance to celebrate yet, so we’ll certainly be doing that now. For our 30th anniversary we went on the Orient Express and it would be lovely to do something similar to mark 40 years. We’ve also got three grandchildren so it would be lovely to treat them, as well as putting some of the money aside for a rainy day too.”


Hazel regularly gives to good causes and that was what initially drew her to play the lottery: “It’s difficult to choose which charities to support and it’s not possible to give to them all so I like the fact that my £10 a month helps such a wide variety of causes that I wouldn’t otherwise know about. If you can afford to, then I would recommend people play because even if you don’t win you know your money is going towards helping those who need it.”


Ambassador Judie McCourt and winner Hazel Hazlett
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt was in Kirkcudbright to present Hazel with her prize and said: “Santa might have hung up his suit for another year but just because it’s January it doesn’t mean we stop spreading joy in our very own red jackets here at People’s Postcode Lottery! I’m delighted for our players in Kirkcudbright who have received a lovely big cheque today and I hope Hazel and Steven have a magical time celebrating 40 years of marriage.”


The remaining winner of £60,000 wasn’t able to collect their cheque on the day but the prize will be paid into their bank account.


With a minimum of 32% from every ticket going to charity, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have now raised £382 million for over 5,500 good causes across Great Britain and internationally.


LGS Community Trust is just one of many nearby charities that has benefitted from player support. In 2018, the charity was awarded £19,256 to purchase equipment for an interactive sensory room for children with learning disabilities and sensory development problems.



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