CHAMPAGNE corks were popping in Bishop Auckland this week when five neighbours got news of a windfall.

Five householders in Milford Meadow, in the town's South Church area, won £1,000 each.

Their postcode, DL14 6SJ, was selected as winner of the People’s Postcode Lottery’s daily prize on Tuesday.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt said: “I’m thrilled for all our players in South Church today.

"There’s nothing better than seeing lots of neighbours win together and I hope they have a grand time spending their prize."

A minimum of 32 per cent of ticket sales goes to charities including County Durham-based Sporting Force, which was awarded £20,000 last year to run sports clubs for military and emergency service veterans.