Hundreds of Hale residents took a share of £3.2 million in the People's Postcode Lottery with two of these residents taking more than £400,000 each.

A total of 226 people to participate in the postcode lottery learnt about their winnings at an event at the Bowdon Rooms, on The Firs, on Good Friday.

Overall 224 players from the winning postcode area (WA15 9) won around £9,200, £18,400 or £27,000 depending on whether they were in possession of one ticket, two tickets or three tickets. Meanwhile two players from the winning postcode (WA15 9DZ) won more than £400,000. 

The big winners asked not to be identified but some of the smaller winners included Victoria Kelsey who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The mum-of-two, who had her wedding reception at the Bowdon Rooms, said she is going to spend the sum on a much-needed trip to Portugal.

Messenger Newspapers: Victoria Kelsey with husband Michael

She said: "It feels good being back. I got married in the church around the corner. 

"This will go towards the holiday. After all of the chemotherapy I needed a break."

Other Hale residents who intend to spend their sum on travel include Aimee McCall, 36, and Lisa Harridge, 52.

Ms McCall intends to mark her daughter's GCSEs while Ms Harridge intends to mark her daughter's birthday.

Ms McCall said: "Our daughter is about to finish her GCSEs so we are trying to mark it with something special.

"We might go to Dubai or to Lapland for Christmas."

Ms Harridge said: "I told my daughter 'right, we'll have a holiday if this is a good one'. Tenerife or, if I win lots, Barbados. It could be Barbados because it is twice as much as I thought I would get."

"I won £1,000 two years ago. I tell everyone to join the Postcode Lottery and I'll be doing it even more now."

Messenger Newspapers: Sonia Blake and Sharon Key

Selfless Sonia Blake, 58, is to spend her sum on two charities – Keeping It Real 24/7 and Manchester's Got Talent – as well as on her twin sister Sharon Key.

Ms Blake said: "I'm grateful for this. I'll give my sister something. But my aim is to help the children of tomorrow."

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This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.