A struggling mum who was made redundant twice during the pandemic has scooped a huge lottery win alongside three of her neighbours in Harrow.
The cash windfall comes after Lamorna Grove, HA7 1PQ, was announced as a winner with the People’s Postcode Lottery on Saturday, January 22.
Three residents won £30,000 with a fourth landing £60,000 after playing with two tickets.
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Mum-of-two Karen Brock, 47, who won £30,000, said: “It means a lot actually, its really good after Christmas and after the last two years we’ve had.”
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She says the win has come at just the right time after a difficult couple of years, adding: “I was made redundant twice during the pandemic and it’s just a great feeling to know we’ll be able to spoil ourselves as it’s been tough.”
Karen plans to treat her granddaughter to a holiday to Disneyland Paris as well as a sunny getaway for herself.
She said: “The first thing I’m going to do is book a trip to Euro Disney for my six-year-old granddaughter.
“Then I’m going to book a holiday for myself, somewhere hot and sunny because I haven’t been anywhere in four years, and I desperately need a tan.”
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Tak-Kwong Liu, also 47, was left stunned into silence when his £60,000 cheque was revealed.
Shortly after winning, he said: “You see the adverts on TV. You just hear it. You want to believe it. You wait for the day and today’s the day.
“I didn’t believe it and I still don’t believe it.”
Police dispatcher Tak is now planning a trip to Hong Kong and wants to spoil his family with the winnings.
The dad-of two said: “I’ve got family in Hong Kong and my wife has family in China but obviously due to the pandemic we’ve not been able to get back but now we can look at having a little trip.
“I’m all about my family, as long as they’re happy, I’m happy. I’m not materialistic so nothing really for me, just for them.
“I know my wife wants something from Tiffany’s. My son needs a new laptop and I think my other son wants a gaming chair.”
The dad-of-two has lived on the street for over 20 years and signed up to the lottery online but at first wasn’t sure that his first ticket went through and decided to sign up again.
After discovering that he had placed two tickets instead of one he decided to continue playing with two.
“I bought one ticket and I thought there was an error with it, so I bought another ticket. Rather than cancel one I let it play as it’s only twenty quid a month.
With four winners on the street, Tak was quick to point out how delighted he was to win with his neighbours: “It’s nice to win on your own but its nicer to win with your neighbours.
“It’s very special, I love this community and I love my neighbours here, we’re very close.”
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Karen’s next-door neighbour Tudor Davies, 67, also picked up £30,000 thanks to his postcode.
He couldn’t quite believe his luck when his prize amount was revealed and said: “That is crazy. I’m quite taken aback actually.
He intends to spend some of his winnings on a trip to the Caribbean to visit his sister-in-law.
He said: “I’ll probably go back to the Caribbean later this year to visit some friends and family.
“My wife passed away from cancer ten years ago and I haven’t visited her sister in a long time.
“I’ll hopefully fly first class now.”
Tudor, an avid rugby supporter, is now planning a few trips away to watch his national team, adding: “There are a number of rugby trips on the horizon and lets hope everything gets back to some normality this year and I can go back out there and support my beloved Wales.”
The fourth and final winner chose to remain anonymous.
People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Danyl Johnson presented the winners with their prize cheques and shared his congratulations, saying: “I’m so pleased for our winners in Stanmore, what an amazing surprise.
“It was great to meet Tak, Karen and Tudor and hear about how they’ll be spending their winnings. I’m sure they’ll enjoy spoiling themselves and their loved ones this year.”
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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.
Players of the lottery have helped raise £850 million to date for thousands of good causes across Britain and around the world.
This draw was promoted on behalf of Postcode International Trust, which supports charities and good causes which help alleviate poverty, hunger and enable food security
Supported charities include Action Against Hunger, Action Aid and British Red Cross.
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