HUDDERSFIELD'S newest Lotto millionaires are still in shock.

Andrew and Janet Toulcher, from the Newsome area, were still deciding today how their life will go from here.

But one thing's for certain - they've both given up their jobs.

Janet has quit as a part-time administrator at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust while Andrew has given up plastering.

They were one of four winners of Saturday's National Lottery, scooping an incredible £4.5m.

So far, a new house is on the agenda.

They don't know where - but it will be somewhere in the Huddersfield area.

Janet, 41, said: "It's surreal. It's never you who wins. It's always someone else."

Andrew, 36, added: "We're up one minute, down the next - it's a real rollercoaster."

The self-employed plasterer, who has worked for himself since leaving school, said: "Some of the lads from the building sites have been ringing me and saying they don't bother buying tickets because it never happens to people like us.

"But it has, and we're just ordinary working class people."

The couple, who have an eight-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter, discovered their win on Monday night after checking their numbers in the Examiner.

They had gone to see a Paul Weller concert the night before and didn't have time to check them.

But when Andrew told Janet they'd won she thought he was joking.

"When it eventually sunk in that he wasn't joking I was absolutely over the moon!" she said.

They soon rang family and friends to tell them the news and held an impromptu celebration for 30.

"Everyone was absolutely thrilled for us and they all wanted to hold the winning ticket - luckily no-one tried to steal it from us.

"Needless to say we didn't get much sleep that night but it's not everyday you become a millionaire!" said Andrew.

The couple, who celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in October, met at Huddersfield night-club, Johnny's, but said they had known each for some time before they got together.

Janet, who has one brother, and Andrew, who has a sister, are regular lottery ticket buyers spending £2 a week on lucky dips - one on Wednesday and one on Saturday.

Andrew said they had been lucky before but only won a tenner.

They have already decided on a few things to spend their winnings on.

Janet, who currently drives a Vauxhall Corsa, will get a new car.

"It'll be nice to be able to have a choice, I might get one with power steering, and air conditioning and a satellite navigation system!"

Andrew, having given up plastering, will be ditching his Ford Transit white van.

Next on the list is a holiday - possibly to Graceland.

But the couple say the rumours about them being mad Elvis fans is a little exaggerated.

"We do like Elvis and his music but we are not crazy about him. We would like to go to Graceland though," said Janet.


THE Toulchers have had a few ideas over what to spend their £4.5m winnings on - but we thought we would give them a helping hand.

They said they would like a new house, but are keen to stay in the Huddersfield area.

A quarter of their cash could go in a flash if they bought one of two £1m luxury homes on the market.

The Mansion House at Upper Heaton went on sale in June for a cool £1m and Reinwood House at Lindley for £1.3m.

Janet wants to treat herself to a top of the range car, but with two young children in tow practicality and safety might be her priority.

In which case, a 4x4 might be the ideal choice.

A Range Rover Vogue, which she could buy from Rocar Moores in Leeds Road, Bradley, starts at just £52,995, leaving plenty of money to buy a nice sporty treat, such as a Porsche Boxster, which starts at £31,450.

She also fancies buying a holiday home in Spain.

The palatial residence the Beckhams were interested in may be a little out of reach, even for the Toulchers.

A million euros would, say estate agents Tres Arcos, buy an "authentic and beautiful 100-year-old house" in Ibiza, with four bedrooms and a guest flat.

As the couple were struggling to find some cash to splash on some celebratory drinks on Monday night because they'd blown it at the weekend, a nice bottle of bubbly might go down well.

Hoults wine merchants in Viaduct Street, could supply a bottle of Krug Rose for £168.50.

And, as their Elvis Presley memorabilia collection is limited to an Elvis plate, swinging clock, driving licence replica and calendar, perhaps they could splash out on some real memorabilia at Elvis auctions.

No doubt they'll be able to find a pair of blue suede shoes somewhere, too!