CHILDHOOD sweethearts, celebrating a windfall of £160,000 on the People’s Postcode Lottery, have told how they almost missed out on the fortune.
Richard, 36, and Amy Witham, of Rhyl, who have been married for 20 years and started dating when they were pupils at Rhyl High, said it was “only by chance” that they entered the postcode game.
The couple called up to cancel their subscription in July, but were persuaded to stay in the draw due to the upcoming European Postcode Millions.
Mr Witham said: “I was absolutely speechless when I found out. We were going to stop playing as my wife was on maternity leave so we were struggling a bit financially.”
Mrs Witham added: “We were trying to make cutbacks. Richard phoned them to say that we weren’t going to do it anymore, but we were persuaded to stay for another month and then take it from there. I’ve said to Richard, what would you have done if we had pulled out?”
The couple, who have three children, Ethan, nine, Jessica, six and one-year-old Oliver, were the only winners living in the full winning postcode.
Prize monies, totalling £320,000, was shared out to 40 Rhyl residents in the winning postcode sector of LL18 3.
The Withams were presented with a cheque on Saturday by former Wales and Lions number eight, Scott Quinnell.
Mrs Witham said: “The money will make a difference to us. With me being on maternity, money has been a bit tight.
“Disneyland never seemed a reality but now it is definitely on the cards. It is also my daughter’s birthday soon so we can make a big fuss.”
Mr and Mrs Witham, along with other winners and their families, were treated to a drinks reception at the nearby Barratt’s at Ty’n.
Alan Perston, who recently lost his wife, won £9,054.
His daughter Caroline said: “It’s like mum’s still looking down on us all and helping out dad. I really want him to spend all the money on himself.”
People’s Postcode Lottery have raised more than £32.3 million for charities and good causes across the country