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A couple of EuroMillions players from Chester in England are celebrating after last week saw them scoop more than £1 million on the EuroMillions Mega Friday draw.

Trish and Craig Tuft, who live in the Hoole area of the historic city, are now looking to buy themselves a brand new home, and one with a garden big enough to house their beloved gnome collection. After the Tufts’ EuroMillions ticket matched one of the raffle numbers drawn in the special Millionaire Maker game on April 24th, it was Mrs Tuft who realised that they had become millionaires.

“I just could not believe it,” she told lottery officials as the couple were presented with their EuroMillions prize. “I checked my ticket on the television and it matched – I just screamed – I have never screamed so loudly in my life.” In fact, Mrs Tuft screamed so loudly and so wildly that her husband, who was asleep in bed, thought there had been a disaster.

He could not have been more wrong, however, and the couple are now adjusting to their new reality as EuroMillions millionaires. Mrs Tuft immediately handed in her notice at her job at Boots Pharmacy on Foregate Street in Chester, and said that she didn’t think twice about leaving work, “This is a fantastic amount of money and just gives us real security,” she said.

Mr Tuft has also decided to leave his job, and handed his notice in on Monday to his employers at William Sinclair Horticultural Ltd, not unlike last week’s Carlisle couple who won £1 million on April 17th and immediately quit their jobs. The EuroMillions winners are now planning their futures with their new windfall, and said that any of their plans will include their two grown up children, Kyle and Michael, and their two grandchildren.

First on the shopping list is a new home with a large, beautiful garden where Mrs Tuft can keep her extensive gnome collection, and add to it as much as she wishes. A holiday and treats for the rest of the family will not be too far behind, although the EuroMillions winners did say that they have to keep pinching themselves to realise that they really are millionaires.

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