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Publicans say EuroMillions win down to carpet cleaning

The couple, who have run the White Horse Inn in Quidhampton, Wiltshire, for the past three years, plan to give up the tenancy.

The landlord and landlady of a village pub will be calling last orders on their 100-hour working weeks after scooping £1 million on the EuroMillions.

Nick and Zoe Hoare are still reeling from their win but put their new millionaire status down to their beloved pub carpets. The couple, who have run the White Horse Inn in Quidhampton, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, for the past three years, plan to give up the tenancy.

Mr Hoare, 53, a part-time farrier, said: “In the pub game there is always another job to do and last Monday – although it was our day off – was no different.

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Nick and Zoe Hoare scooped £1 million on EuroMillions (Camelot/PA Wire)

“We had hired a rug cleaner to do the carpets and when we took it back later that day I decided to pick up a couple of EuroMillions tickets. I put them in my wallet and thought no more of it. Had those carpets not needed a spring clean, we wouldn’t have been in the shop, buying a ticket from a machine which dispensed the winning code. Who knew cleaning could be so lucrative?”

It was not until a day after the draw on May 9 that the pair, who have been married 11 years, discovered they had become millionaires.

Mrs Hoare said: “We had just finished the lunchtime shift and were in the office finalising plans for our beer festival which is taking place in a couple of weeks. While I was checking orders I heard Nick gasp and looking around I saw him standing there with the lottery ticket in his hand, saying ‘these match’.

“I thought he’d made a mistake so took a look myself and when I saw they did match and it was the Millionaire Maker code, I couldn’t believe it and just said ‘well that must be wrong then’. It was only when I scanned the ticket with my National Lottery app and it pinged that we started to believe it was time to call the number on the back of the ticket.”

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Nick and Zoe Hoare toast their win (Camelot/PA)

Once their win had been confirmed they took their dog for a walk in the woods to try to comprehend their wealth before opening the pub at 6pm.

They have decided to relinquish the pub tenancy in six months but are hopeful for the White Horse’s future and what the couple plan to do next is very much to be decided.

“This is such an amazing opportunity for us,” Mrs Hoare said. “While we will certainly buy a new home, probably travel a bit and maybe treat ourselves to new cars at some point, for me the best bit about our win is the free time we will be able to enjoy.

“The pub has been a blast but working 100 hour weeks doesn’t leave much time for catching up with friends and family, so when we finally say our farewells to Quidhampton, there’ll be lots of very leisurely long lunches and pots of coffee enjoyed with those near and far.”

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