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£1m winners kept ticket in teapot

A couple who scooped £1 million on the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw kept their winning ticket in a "sacred" antique teapot over Christmas until they could claim their prize.

Judy and Frank Whitmore, from Tockwith, North Yorkshire, put the teapot on top of a kitchen unit after finding out about their win on Christmas Eve.

They successfully claimed their prize from Camelot on Wednesday and held a news conference about their win.

Mrs Whitmore, 62, explained the family decided against any last-minute shopping despite the windfall.

She said: "We just wandered down the river with great big smiles on our faces and occasionally laughing."

EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle created 50 millionaires in the UK in the month leading up to Christmas.

Mrs Whitmore, who is teetotal, posed for photographs with her husband, the teapot and a glass of Champagne for Mr Whitmore - though he usually prefers Tetleys bitter. She said: "The teapot is a family heirloom. It was Frank's great-great-grandmother's. It's sacred to us, our little teapot."

The retired couple have three children, Andrew, 42, Louise, 40, and Paul, 32, with four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Mr and Mrs Whitmore, who have been married for 43 years, now plan to take a break to clear their heads after their win. But they will not be venturing abroad as Mrs Whitmore hates flying and does not even have a passport.

Meanwhile, Camelot announced there are still five unclaimed £1 million EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle winners from the December 23 draw. It said only 20 of the 25 winners picked on the Friday before Christmas have come forward.

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