Mansfield couple scoop almost £200,000 in People’s Postcode Lottery

Mansfield couple Chris and Shona Vasper hug each other after winning �194,229 in the postcode Lottery.
Mansfield couple Chris and Shona Vasper hug each other after winning �194,229 in the postcode Lottery.
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A Mansfield couple are celebrating after winning almost £200,000 in the People’s Postcode Lottery

Chris and Shona Vasper were among around 500 prizewinners sharing a total of £3 million in the NG183 postcode area.

They won the top prize of £194,229 after a nail-biting finale held this morning in a marquee in Fisher Lane Park packed with lucky local winners.

Dad of two Chris 53, said: ”This is amazing - it is a life changing amount of money.

“This sort of thing just doesn’t happen to me.”

Shona and Chris initially won £7,600 in the presentation event, along with dozens of prizewinners in the NG183 area but their own exact postcode was finally revealed at the end.

Shona said: “We were absolutely delighted to win that - but as the letters dropped into place we realised we were in with a chance for the big one.

“I was completely and utterly taken aback. I was crying and shaking.”

The couple are planning to spend some of the cash on a family holiday and said they would now be able to help out their two sons Dan and Alex.

Chris, a self employed printer recently ran a marathon in the Sahara Desert for the Walking Wounded charity and is now thinking of doing it again.

Other big prize winners included Peter Gundel who won £22,896 and Steven Hughes who won £22,896.

Other prizewinners walked away with cheques ranging from around £1,000 to more than £15,000.

The People’s Postcode Lottery has raised £129 million across Great Britain for charities and good causes.