A mUM-of-three from Fareham is celebrating after she won £25,000 in the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Zoe Ayling, 41, was blown away when her postcode, PO16 8PF, was drawn as a winner in the Saturday Street Prize.
I’m just an ordinary person - this kind of thing doesn’t happen to meZoe Ayling
Former X-Factor star and People’s Postcode Lottery presenter, Danyl Johnson presented her with her cheque.
Zoe said: ‘When I opened the cheque I couldn’t stop crying.
‘I’m just an ordinary person – this kind of thing doesn’t happen to me.’
Zoe, a health care support worker, decided to sign up early last year after she was convinced by family members.
‘My in-laws play and told us all about it,’ she said.
‘I love the fact that I don’t have to choose numbers every week.’
Zoe already has plans as to how to spend her winnings.
She said: ‘We need to do some home improvements.
‘I’d like to re-do the kitchen, bathroom and driveway.
‘They are the type of things that we usually save up to do but now I can get them all done at once.’
As well as some home improvements, Zoe has decided to treat her children.
‘My husband Mark and I decided to give our three kids, Sophie, 23, Lewis, 20, and Lloyd, 14, £1,000 each,’ she said.
‘I think they already have an idea of how to spend it.’
People’s Postcode Lottery Street Prize presenter Danyl Johnson said: ‘It was fantastic to meet Zoe and present her with her cheque.
‘She was delighted to win £25,000 and I hope she has a great time spending her winnings.’
As a charity lottery, players have raised over £69.2m for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally.
One local project near Fareham is Relate Portsmouth & District, which was awarded £2,000 from players for their family therapy room.
To sign up visit postcodelottery.co.uk and support great charities and causes.