HAVE you ever dreamed of winning big on the lottery?

For some people in Cumbria, this dream has become a reality and they have won thousands on the People’s Postcode Lottery.

While we often hear about these victories, we rarely learn about the faces behind them.

Here is everything you need to know about the People’s Postcode Lottery- including the postcodes have seen the biggest winners.

What is the People’s Postcode Lottery?

People's Postcode Lottery is not like the ordinary lottery.

It is a subscription-based lottery where people sign up with their postcodes for £10 a month.

If a winning postcode is drawn, every subscriber in that postcode wins a cash prize.

Players are automatically entered into ever draw and prizes are announced every day of the month- sometimes they are as little as £10, other times you could win thousands.

Every Saturday and Sunday, winning postcodes are announced where players each win £30,000.

Once  a month, players in one postcode will share an incredible £3 million between them.

Best of all, 32% of the ticket price goes to various charities.

The biggest People’s Postcode Lottery winners since 2015

Since 2015, there have been six big winners of the People’s Postcode Lottery in Cumbria- and one postcode even managed to scoop the big £3 million prize.

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296 Barrow-in-Furness residents were jubilant in 2019 when their postcode sector shared the £3 million prize

However, the biggest winners came when the full postcode was announced and four players won £302,639 each.

Lynda was one of the neighbours to take home the life-changing sum of money.
Whitehaven News: Lynda (Photo: People's Postcode Lottery)Lynda (Photo: People's Postcode Lottery)
She said: "I couldn't believe it – I was so nervous I wasn't even 100% sure it was my postcode! It's really incredible.

"I have no idea what I'm going to spend the money on yet but I have two children and five grandchildren so they'll all be getting a treat, and I think I'll get myself a new car too."

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In 2018, one Allithwaite resident was pleased when they won an incredible £30,000.

They decided to remain anonymous.


Four Warwick-on-Eden neighbours won £30,000 each.

For one winner, Caroline Nash, the money was a nice surprise after recently giving birth to twins- the cheque even arrived on the twin’s predicted due date.

Whitehaven News: Caroline and her partner, Paul (Photo: People's Postcode Lottery)Caroline and her partner, Paul (Photo: People's Postcode Lottery)

She said: "Well, winning £30,000 is fairly awesome for a rainy day. And we've just had twins!

“This year, we've been very lucky, it's amazing. It's also quite weird how our prize arrived on our twins' original due date.

Caroline’s partner, Paul, added that the money will go towards home improvements.

He said: “We've only been in this home for six months and the cellar needs dug out and the outbuilding is needing done up. This will help us a lot to get that going."

Earlier this year, one Armathwaite player won £30,000.

The player decided to remain anonymous but Postcode Lottery ambassador, Danyl Johnson, offered his congratulations.

He said: “"What better way to beat the Monday blues then to have £30,000 added to your bank account.

“I want to wish our winner here in Cumbria a huge well done and thank them for playing.


In July of this year, one Silloth resident won £30,000.


One Grandfather from Carlisle celebrated after winning a £30,000 prize.

As it was during lockdown in July of this year, the good news had to be presented over video call.

Whitehaven News: The moment Andrew and his wife, Susan, saw the cheque (Photo: People's Postcode Lottery)The moment Andrew and his wife, Susan, saw the cheque (Photo: People's Postcode Lottery)

Andrew Brecken said: “What a fantastic surprise - it's unbelievable. I've never won anything anywhere near this amount of money.

“I must admit, when I see the adverts on television, I've always thought it must be actors and they can't be real people you speak to, but now I know different!"

£1000 winners in Cumbria

In total, there have been 206 £1000 Postcode Lottery winners in Cumbria.

In March of this year, two people in Carlisle won an extra £1000 each with the postcode CA2 4AH.

Other winners this year hailed from Wigton with the CA7 2EF Postcode- four people scooped £1000 each.

Winners in the region don’t end there as the CA25 5JN postcode won the daily prize draw just last month; three neighbours won £1000 each.

For more information, visit the People’s Postcode Lottery website,their Facebook and Twitter pages.