Video call leaves couple shocked but £100,000 richer - The Rugby Observer

Video call leaves couple shocked but £100,000 richer

Rugby Editorial 4th May, 2020 Updated: 5th May, 2020   0

A COUPLE were more than a little shocked when they received a recent video call.

But then Rugby husband and wife Adrian and Deborah Gelston had just been told they had won £100,000 playing the People’s Postcode Lottery.

They actually netted £50,000 each thanks to them both playing with a ticket in their postcode, CV21 1XE.

The couple, who have been together for 30 years, had their cheques revealed by People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Matt Johnson over the video call.

Adrian, who works at a local school, said: “Oh my God! That’s fantastic! I think I love you Matt!”, while

Deborah added: “I’m going to cry. I really can’t believe it, it’s amazing.”

With Adrian turning 50 this year, the couple already have a good idea as to how they will spend their winnings.

Deborah said: “We went to the Maldives a couple of years ago for our 25th wedding anniversary and we’d love to go again.”

Adrian added: “We planned it for a really long time. It was meant to be a once in a lifetime trip, but we’ve been wanting to go back. Now it’s actually on the cards.

“We’ll also need to go to Vegas for my 50th. We’ve been before with friends and enjoyed it so much. We looked at it earlier in the year but couldn’t afford it. Hopefully we can go at some point in the future.”

The couple, who are currently living with Deborah’s mum, celebrated their win in traditional style with a bottle of champagne.

It took a while for their good fortune to sink in.

Adrian said: “It was an amazing feeling when I saw the cheque, it’s all going in now.

“The first thing I did was phone my mum who was in tears.”

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.

Lottery ambassador Matt said: “I’m over the moon for Adrian and Deborah. It sounds like Adrian will be having a fabulous 50th birthday thanks to the win.

“Even though I was unable to visit them in person, I feel very lucky to have shared this moment with them and see how happy they both were.”

A minimum of 32 per cent of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have helped raise more than £500million to date for good causes across Great Britain and internationally.

This draw was promoted on behalf of People’s Postcode Trust. The trust provides project-based funding in Great Britain to good causes which promote human rights, combatting discrimination, and prevent poverty.


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