Grieving widow scoops ‘life-changing’ £166k playing husband’s favourite lottery

A grieving wife has won an incredible £166,666 on the lottery using her late husband's tickets.

Lesley McNally decided to continue playing the People’s Postcode Lottery after losing her husband Garry suddenly in September 2021.

Garry suffered a heart attack just five days after celebrating his 60th birthday, leaving behind his wife of 37 years and their three children.

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The 54-year-old wept when People’s Postcode Lottery revealed their postcode M27 9UY had won part of the first-ever Millionaire Street prize in Swinton, Greater Manchester.

Lesley said: “I’m happy that I’ve won, and the family have won. But it is tinged with sadness because we had played for a long time and Garry’s not here to see it.

“This is a life-changing amount of money for me and Gaz.”

At the time Garry tragically passed away, the couple had just moved into their semi-detached bungalow.

Now their three sons – roofing firm boss Alan, 35, fireman Matthew, 32, and Emmerdale sound technician Steven, 29 – are helping their mum, as reported by the Mirror.

Grandmother Lesley said: “We played Postcode Lottery in the old house and continued to play when we moved here. We had a bigger house, then the boys all left, and we downsized.

“This is where we would have lived forever. But eight months later Gaz had a sudden heart attack five days after his 60th birthday.

“I feel sick, I’m just overwhelmed…I really don’t know how to feel.

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“This solves a lot of things. Garry passed away very suddenly and there wasn’t a plan. This just makes the plan.

“There are just so many emotions that went through my head. It’s unbelievable and will change the family’s lives. It will all be shared. It’ll help me and the boys.”

In July 2022, Garry’s Postcode Lottery tickets also won the family a £2,000 cash prize.

And son Alan reckons their dad is looking down on them.

He said: “I’m not a spiritual person, but when we were paying for dad’s headstone, mum got the £2,000 win – and now this.”

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Brother Steven added: “This is amazing, it’s massive for my mum. It has been difficult times.”

Lesley had been on her way to work when she stopped her car to ask the Postcode Lottery team if anyone in the area had won – and struggled to believe she was one of them.

She said: “When I saw the Postcode Lottery in the street, I thought it was the Labour Party canvassing for votes, because of the red clothing.

“I was on my way to work. But I phoned my boss to say that I was going to be late.”

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