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A couple from Maidstone are planning a life relaxing on the ocean wave after winning £1m in the EuroMillions draw held on Tuesday July 29th.

Wayne and Desiree Home, both 57, live near East Farleigh Bridge and play EuroMillions every week. Mr Home purchases his ticket from Barming Post Office in Bull Orchard, Maidstone before heading off to his job as an IT Project Manager.

It wasn’t until Thursday that Wayne checked the EuroMillions lottery results and couldn’t at first believe what he was seeing. Initially though he thought the ticket had only won £500,000 but after double-checking his ticket realised it was in fact £1m. Not that his wife believed what he was telling her: “I thought he was joking. I’ve been breaking out into fits of laughter for days. It is great for the children and us. It allows us to relax after such a difficult period”

The couple were married 34 years ago after meeting in the Navy and have three children and four grandchildren. They moved to Maidstone a year and a half ago after previously living in Tonbridge where Mrs Home was born. They have no plans to buy a new home though, as they describe their current home as “perfect.”

The couple are keen sailors and part of their winnings will be spent upgrading their boat. They currently own a boat that was purchased on eBay for £1,126, now they’ll be able to buy a new ocean-going model.

The win comes after a difficult few years for the couple, since Mrs Home was diagnosed with bowel cancer six years ago. She underwent extensive treatment during which she suffered respiratory failure on two occasions; happily Desiree was given the all-clear five years ago. While Desiree was undergoing treatment Wayne was made redundant from his job, meaning the couple had to move to a smaller house.

Now they’ve got this £1m EuroMillions winning the pair plan on taking things a bit easier with Wayne saying that it’ll allow them to do what they want, namely relaxing more often. He said: “We’ve gone from living day by day to relaxing day by day.”

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