A Maidstone couple were delighted to discover last week that they had won £1million on the Euro Millions Raffle. Wayne and Desirée Home, both 57 years of age and from East Farleigh, purchased the winning ticket from Barming Post Office in Bull Orchard, Maidstone on Tuesday morning. Both were shocked and amazed when they realised on Thursday morning that they had won this substantial prize! IT Project Manager Wayne Home revealed how he had to continuously check the raffle ticket to convince himself that they had won!
Furthermore, the joy of winning the Euro Millions raffle is even more deserving when you consider the couple’s recent hardships. In 2008, Mrs Home was diagnosed with bowel cancer and had to undergo extensive treatment. During her recovery, Mr Home was made redundant and Mrs Home suffered from respiratory failure twice before being cleared of the disease five years ago. Consequently, the raffle prize is a great source of comfort and security for the couple, their three children and their four grandchildren.
The couple have been married for over 34 years since meeting in the Navy. The Homes moved to Maidstone a year and a half ago after living for a lengthy period in Tunbridge Wells, from which Mrs Home originates. Speaking about the raffle prize, Mr Home commented how:
“It is great for the children and us. It allows us to relax after such a difficult period…We’ve gone from living day by day to relaxing day by day”.
Similarly, Mrs Home revealed her amazement at winning the raffle prize, commenting how:
“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”.
Indeed, the couple continued to celebrate their win with champagne at the Allington Marina this week. Both are keen sailors and Mr Home, a former member of the Navy, intends to upgrade the couple’s boat which they purchased on eBay for £1,126. Now that they have won the Euro Millions £1 million raffle prize, the couple have plans to renovate this boat into a superior ocean-faring model.
Despite these naval endeavours, the couple state that they have no plans to move from their idyllic home near East Farleigh bridge. Despite the fact that the Homes were forced to downsize and move to their current home as the result of Mr Home’s redundancy during the time of Mrs Home’s cancer treatment, the couple are content at their current place of residence. Describing their East Farleigh home as “perfect” for their lifestyle, the couple look forward to relaxing in their home alongside their newfound wealth.