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Scarborough couple's home saved by £1m lottery win

Sandra and Derek Streets
Image caption The couple received an e-mail on Christmas Day to say they had won

A couple from Scarborough who were made one of 25 National Lottery winners over Christmas have said their £1m win would save them from losing their home.

Grandparents Derek and Sandra Streets had to remortgage their two-bedroom bungalow when the firm Mr Streets worked for went out of business.

Mr Streets said: "The win has meant we can stay there forever now."

They were among 25 £1m winners of the Christmas Eve EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle.

Mr Streets, 61, and his wife, 62, played online and received an e-mail on Christmas Day to say they had won.

Mr Streets said it was only by chance that he entered the draw because he was ill with flu.

"I entered one set of numbers which were the usual ones, our birthdays and things like that, then on impulse entered another random set too," he said.

"I was still feeling too ill to do anything on Christmas Day so Sandra said if we were stuck indoors we might as well see if we were millionaires.

"It turned out the ticket with the random numbers was a winner.

"When I logged on and saw the £1m I just sat in total disbelief."

The couple, who have two sons, said the win has lifted a weight from their shoulders.

Mr Streets added: "We have been in a difficult financial situation which meant we would probably have had to sell our bungalow when we retired in three years time."

Mrs Streets, who works as a carer, said she had not slept since the win.

"I'm still pinching myself every day and expecting to wake up from a dream."

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