Four lucky Glenrothes neighbours have received an early Christmas present after scooping £100,000 in the postcode lottery.
Janette Robertson (64); Margaret Gibson (66), John Philips (80) and Brian McDonald (51) have been celebrating after their postcode, KY6 2PX, was revealed as the latest winner in the People’s Postcode Lottery.
The friendly neighbours, who stay in Muirfield Drive, share the prize money with each scooping £25,000. They received their cheques from Scott Quinnell, People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador.
John Philips, who is retired from 20 years in the Royal Navy, also won a brand new BMW.
He said: “I was rather blasé about the whole thing until Scott revealed the amount on the cheque as well as the new car - it was quite a surprise.”
But John is not planning on spending his winnings anytime soon.
He continued: “I want to have a good think as I don’t want to blow the lot on something like a holiday. I’ll keep it in the bank so I have money for a change.”
Margaret Gibson, a retired production operator, has lived on the same street for over 40 years and knows the neighbours well.
She said: “It was just brilliant. The money has been a big boost and I won’t have to worry about the heating bills anymore.”
Janette Robertson said the win will allow her to enjoy her retirement.
She added: “I can’t explain how I am feeling, it is absolutely magnificent.”
Brian McDonald, an IT Officer for Fife Council, and his wife, Angela, were thrilled when they learned of the good news.
Angela was working when Brian was presented with the cheque.
He said: “She screamed down the phone when I told her the good news.”
Brian is hoping to take his two daughters, 15-year-old Matilda-Jane and 13-year-old Rhiannon-Rose to Australia or the Falkland Islands.
He said: “I was born in the Falkland Islands but the girls have never been so I would love to take them there or Australia where we have family.”
Scott Quinnell added: “It was a pleasure to present the four winners with their cheques. ”
Two local projects also received funding from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Glenrothes and District Pipe Band got £10,000 to purchase new drums and Glenrothes Strollers Football Club has used £2000 towards grass cutting machinery.