A GRAN-of nine from Shoebury said it feels like Christmas has come early after winning a share of £150,000.

Sandie Livermore won the cash when the postcode SS3 9SJ was announced as a winner with People’s Postcode Lottery today.

The win landed Sandie and two others a cheque for £30,000 each, while a fourth winner doubled their cash prize to £60,000 thanks to playing with three tickets.

The 62-year-old, who works in administration for a metal company, was at work when she found out she’d won during a video call with People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Matt Johnson.

When she saw her cheque, Sandie got tearful and said: “Oh my God, oh wow. This means so, so much. I was going to be pleased with a grand but I’m ecstatic now – it’s like all my Christmases have come at once.


Happy call - Sandie Livermore

"I’ve got to go back to work – I’ll need to have a cup of tea! and try to come to terms with what’s happened. I’m not going to be able to do much typing after this!”

The win is even more extraordinary for Sandie who won with her old postcode. She said: “Just over three years ago I moved and decided to keep my old postcode on. I’m so glad I did.

“Look what you’ve done to me, you’ve made me so happy I could cry!”


Surprise! - ambassador Matt Johnson

Sandie, who has nine grandchildren and three children, is planning to treat them to an extra special Christmas with her partner Chris.

She said: “Not being allowed to see anyone just now has really affected me with my children and grandchildren. Now I can get them something without having to think ‘oh have I got enough money to get that’ and it’ll give us a little nest egg for a rainy day too.”

One of the reasons Sandie signed up to play was to support good causes.

She said: “I just love the fact that it’s helping charities. I’ve got two chihuahuas and they even come to bed with me, so it’s good to know it’s helping charities close to our hearts like Dogs Trust.”

The remaining winners chose to remain anonymous but their prize will be paid into their bank account.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Matt Johnson congratulated Sandie and the other Shoeburyness winners on their prize and said: “It was my absolute pleasure to meet Sandie and surprise her with a lovely big cheque – it’s one of the best things about my job.

“I hope she has a wonderful Christmas and I’m sure the other lucky players in Shoeburyness will be just as delighted with their prize.”