Thrilled Lottery winner gets ‘mouth ache’ from smiling so much after huge win

The thought of winning the Lottery is enough to put a smile on your face.

So when it actually happened for Carla Shaw, scooping £30,000 playing People's Postcode Lottery, it's no wonder she was beaming from ear to ear.

In fact, she was so happy she ended up with an aching mouth.

As her cheque was revealed, mum-of-two Carla exclaimed: “Yes! That’s amazing, totally amazing. Thank you so much!

“I’ve never won anything before and I know everyone says that but honestly I’m not a lucky person.

“My mouth is starting to hurt from smiling too much. I don’t think it’ll sink in till later on.”


Carla, 47, won after her postcode IP28 7DQ, in Mildenhall, Surrey, was announced as a winner. She married her childhood sweetheart, Matt, in October and is planning a special trip with the windfall.

She added: “Matt was my first boyfriend at 15 but we went our separate ways then met up again four and a bit years ago. We’ll definitely be having a honeymoon now! I would love to go to the Maldives so that’s definitely an option for the future.

“I don’t think I’ve been this happy since my wedding day!”

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Jeff Brazier broke the good news to Carla over Zoom. She said: “I’m chuffed for Carla and hope she and Matt can now have the honeymoon of their dreams thanks to the win.

“I’m sure the good news will help lift the spirits of our other lucky winners and I hope they can treat themselves to something special.”

Everyday throughout the July draws one postcode will be announced as a £30,000 prize winner. All the players in the postcode will win £30,000 for every ticket they hold.

People’s Postcode Lottery costs £10 a month to play and there are guaranteed winners every day. People play with their chosen postcode and are automatically entered into all draws.

A minimum of 33% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have helped raise over £700million to date for thousands of good causes across Britain and internationally.


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