AN accountant from Birlingham and the mother of a young woman who’s been helped by the BBC’s DIY SOS team were among the winners of a £3 million lottery prize,

241 players of People’s Postcode Lottery from the postcode sector WR10 3 - near Pershore - attended a presentation at Croome Court on Saturday.

Prizes ranged from £7,923 to £321,170.

The full winning postcode, WR10 3AQ, was revealed and landed accountant Joy Salt, aged 52, £321,170. She had initially been given a cheque for £7,923, but that was ripped up when she received the top prize.

The married mother-of-two said: “I’m in complete shock. This will give me an opportunity to get things that I couldn’t have dreamed of before.

“The idea of cutting down at work for me and my husband now that we’re getting on a bit is the main thing now. We can go on a nice holiday and have a better quality of life.

“My husband was a bit sceptical about it all and he didn’t come with me. I texted him when I got the £7,923 and then when I got the big amount, I rang him and told him to sit down.”

Two other winners also received the same amount as Joy, but were unavailable.

Victoria Phillips, 49, from Eckington was thrilled to scoop £7,923 to help her daughter Antonia Payne-Cheney, 21, who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare condition that affects the connective tissues in her body.

The local community crowd-funded for Antonia this year to allow her to go to Barcelona for a life-saving spinal and brain operation. Antonia, who has previously featured on BBC’s DIY SOS programme, will need further treatment and is hoping to raise another £60,000.

Mum Victoria said: “This means a huge amount and it’s a real help.

“I signed up to play six years ago before Antonia got ill and the reason was because of all the charities that benefit from it. Just being here today has been amazing and really emotional.”