A DELIGHTED mum is hoping to visit her son and grandchildren in Cyprus after landing £25,000 on the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Maria Wedgewood, who lives in Billingham, got the shock of her life when the lottery’s Saturday Street Prize presenter Judie McCourt knocked on her door holding a cheque for £25,000.
Gobsmacked Maria only signed up for the draw after her friend landed £11,000 in a similar windfall.
“I’m in shock,” beamed Maria after her postcode, TS23 3BY, was drawn as a winner.
“My stomach is turning around and I am shaking.”
She has since been shocking her close family and relatives by showing off the cheque.
“My husband David came home from work about an hour after I’d been presented with the cheque,” she said.
“I told him I’d won £500, and he seemed quite happy about that.
“I asked him to close his eyes and then I put the cheque in his hands - you should have seen his face!”
Maria and David are now planning on visiting their son, Craig, who serves in the Army and lives in Cyprus.
She added: “I would like to visit my son, Craig, and his family.
“He’s in the Army so I don’t get to see my grandchildren James and Mia as much as I’d like.
“My husband is keen to buy a greyhound to race as well, so we’ll probably get one.”
Maria added: “I couldn’t believe it when my friend won £11,000 with People’s Postcode Lottery so I signed up immediately.
“I’m meeting up with her this weekend so I can tell her that I’ve won even more.
“I have her to thank for my win.”
Postcode Lottery Street Prize presenter Judie said: “I loved making Maria’s day by presenting her with her £25,000 cheque.
“It’s great to hear that she signed up after her close friend won £11,000 with us and now she’s a winner too.
“I really hope she has a great time celebrating her win.”
To date, players of the People’s Postcode Lottery have raised £36.9m for charities and good causes.
One of the charities is the Butterwick Hospice, in Stockton, which provides in-patient and day care to adults throughout the area.
For a chance to be a lucky winner with Postcode Lottery like Maria, sign up at www.postcodelottery.co.uk.