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Wayne and Desirée Home from East Farleigh win £1million on EuroMillions Raffle Ticket bought at Barming Post Office in Bull Orchard, Maidstone

05 August 2014
by Ed McConnell
A Maidstone couple have hit it lucky scooping £1million on the EuroMillions Raffle last week.
 
Wayne and Desirée Home, both 57, from East Farleigh, realised their good fortune on Thursday morning after IT Project Manager Mr Home had checked and double checked their raffle digits.
 
It is the light at the end of a very long tunnel for the couple, who moved to Maidstone a year and a half ago after spending time in Tonbridge where Mrs Home was born.
 
The Homes with their big cheque - in all senses!

The Homes with their big cheque - in all senses!

 
The parents of three and grandparents to four first married 34 years ago after they met in the navy.
 
However, things took a turn for the worse in 2008 when Mrs Home was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
 
After extensive treatment in which she suffered respiratory failure twice Mrs Home was given the all clear five years ago.
 
The former Hugh Christie pupil said: "It is great for the children and us. It allows us to relax after such a difficult period."
 
The Homes mark their win with champagne

The Homes mark their win with champagne

 
Mr Home bought the ticket before work last Tuesday morning, as part of a weekly routine, from Barming Post Office in Bull Orchard, Maidstone.
 
Mrs Home said: "I couldn't believe it, at first he said we had won £500,000, then he told me we'd actually won a million and 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" - Desiree Home
 
The pair are taking things easy following their win, with Mr Home saying it allows him to do what he wants and relax more often.
 
He said: "We've gone from living day by day to relaxing day by day."
 
The couple celebrated with champagne at Allington Marina today, with Mr Home saying that he plans to upgrade their boat, which was bought on eBay for £1,126, to a new ocean-going model.
 
They currently have no plans to move from their home near East Farleigh bridge, which they describe as "perfect" despite having downsized after Mr Home was made redundant during Desirée's treatment.
 
It is the light at the end of a very long tunnel for the Homes after wife Desirée was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2008

It is the light at the end of a very long tunnel for the Homes after wife Desirée was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2008

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