THE People's Postcode Lottery came knocking on the doors of residents in a Darlington street at the weekend.

On Sunday, four unsuspecting residents on Foxglove Close were handed cheques of £30,000 each after opting in to play the competition.

One of the winners, Daniel Ashenden, who pranked his wife Laura just weeks ago and told her he had won £30,000, said he felt like he was having an 'out of body' experience.

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He said: "I pranked Laura a few weeks ago and told her we had won £30,000 – she fell out with me and didn’t speak to me all day.

"When I rang her this time around and said we’d actually won she didn’t believe me.

"We’ve been saving for a deposit for our forever home so this win has made our lives – it would have taken us years to save this amount.

"I feel like I’m having an out of body experience."

The People's Postcode Lottery claims that 32 percent of every ticket sold goes back in to support charities from across the country.

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Another ticket holder, Helen Stephenson said she had been in the home for "five minutes" when she heard a knock on the door from TV host Judie McCourt.

She said: "I’d only been home five minutes and then got a knock on the door, and there was £30,000 waiting outside for me.

"I’d love to use the money to go back to Canada. We spent our honeymoon there and as soon as we came home we wanted to go back again.”

People's Postcode Lottery Ambassador, Judie McCourt, who is also from Darlington, said: "I was delighted to visit some winners in my hometown this weekend.

"A huge congratulations to them all – it sounds like they’re going to have a great time spending their prize money.”