A couple who helped the National Lottery break the world record for the most millionaires created in a single draw said the win will save their home.
Grandparents Derek and Sandra Streets faced losing the bungalow in which they had planned to spend the rest of their lives.
Quotations manager Derek had been forced to remortgage the two-bedroom property after the company he worked for went bust, owing him thousands in wages.
Now he and Sandra, who celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary this July, can afford to stay close to family and friends – and the local pub – in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, for good.
The happy couple were celebrating “the best Christmas ever” after discovering they were one of 25 £1 million winners of the Christmas Eve EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle.
They were the 19th winners to come forward, setting a new world record.
National Lottery chiefs said six winners had still to make themselves known and urged people to check for the winning tickets.
Derek, 61, and Sandra, 62, played online and received an email on Christmas Day to say they had won.
Derek’s unique raffle number for his winning ticket was DGS561280.
The National Lottery held the former world record at 18 winners in a single draw after Big Draw 2000 on New Year’s Eve 1999.