Winning ticket kept 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 yesterday and held a news conference about their win.

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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