LOTTERY WINNERS NAMED Meet Dave and Angela Dawes - the couple from Wisbech, who scooped a �101m EuroMillions jackpot

Dave Dawes, 47, a shift supervisor for Premier Foods, and Angela Dawes, 43, a volunteer for the British Heart Foundation, hit the jackpot to the tune of �101,203,600.70 in Friday's draw.

Today the couple said they planned to move out of their one-bed flat and make their closest friends and family millionaires.

'We were watching TV and the EuroMillions draw show came on so we kept watching, not thinking we would win anything,' said Mr Dawes.

'We got our tickets out and watched in shock as, one by one, the numbers came up on the line I'd chosen.

'We couldn't believe it. It was too late to call Camelot so I kept the ticket on me all night until the morning but we didn't sleep a wink.'

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The couple went public at a press conference at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Hertfordshire.

'It doesn't feel real, even now - it just doesn't feel real,' said Miss Dawes, who held her husband's hand as the couple faced questions from the media and a barrage of flash guns.

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The couple had taken it in turns to choose their numbers for two previous draws, in which they'd failed to win a penny. Both chose a line for Saturday night's draw.

The couple, who have been together for four years, were planning to get married abroad next year so the windfall means they can now enjoy the wedding of their dreams - and a new engagement ring for Miss Dawes.

They are planning to buy properties in London and abroad, and are looking forward to a trip to Las Vegas and a skiing holiday in Switzerland.

But the windfall will also give them a chance to help friends and family.

'It's just a load of figures at the end of the day but we intend to make all of our family and friends millionaires,' said Miss Dawes.

Mr Dawes is an avid Chelsea fan, having been a steward at the club in the past, so a season ticket is also on the shopping list.

He said: 'I'm not worried about getting a box - I want to stand with the real fans and watch my team play. I'd also love to live near the ground and have Frank Lampard come over for a cup of tea.

'I'm an avid Chelsea fan so I think I'll be buying a season ticket and a house in Chelsea, with my own Chelsea room.

'I've already started looking for a house in Chelsea on the internet. I saw one for �13m and I thought: 'That will need a refurb.'

The pair intend to get married next year - although Angela has already changed her surname to Dawes.

Miss Dawes said the couple, who are currently living on a one-bedroom flat, would be buying a house in Portugal, where her parents live.

'Dave has already bought me an engagement ring but he will be buying me a better one now,' she said

'My dad doesn't drive but he's already put a request in for a Rolls Royce just to polish it.

'It's an excessive amount of money. Even now, looking at it, it just seems like a lot of figures. But we intend to make all our family and friends millionaires. It's not just us that will benefit.'

Mr Dawes has two grown-up sons from a previous marriage, while his finacee also has one son from a previous marriage.

Mr Dawes added if his bosses back at Premier Foods in Wisbech were watching he was now 'officially retired'.

The winning ticket was bought from WH Smith in the Market Place in Wisbech.

Their success means they are �1m better off than David Bowie, the 703rd richest person in the country, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2011.

They move ahead of celebrity couples such as Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne (�95m), and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin (�48m).

The biggest-ever EuroMillions prize was a �161m jackpot won by Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs, Scotland, earlier this year. In October 2010 an anonymous British winner scooped �113m in the draw.

The winning numbers were 18, 26, 34, 38 and 42. The Lucky Star numbers were 5 and 8.

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