A couple from Epsom are celebrating after winning £250,000 with a National Lottery scratchcard.

Epsom mum of six Lea, 34, popped to the Co-op in Ewell "to pick up some salad" for the family’s dinner when she decided to cash in a previous £4 win and treat herself to a £250,000 Multiplier Scratchcard.

"We play scratchcards from time to time, normally if we have a bit of loose change, but this time I had £4 winnings from one I’d bought on holiday the previous week so I used that," Ms Rose said.

"When I arrived home I remember joking with my husband Lee and said, ‘I don’t know why we do these, we never win’.

"I won’t be saying that again!"

The pair were staggered to play the card and reveal the life-changing £250,000 win.

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Not believing what was in front of her, Ms Rose said she paused, looked out the window and then looked at it again before very calmly handing it to Mr Rose and asking him to confirm what she thought she was seeing really was there.

"When Lea handed me the scratchcard to look at I was convinced at first that it was one of those joke ones and she was playing a prank on me.

"But when I saw the look on her face, I knew it must be real. We quickly called Camelot and then hid the scratchcard in a very safe place, under our bed!" Mr Rose said.

He added that he hoped to fulfill a boyhood dream of running his own business with some of the money — the win has allowed him to quit his job.

"Since I was a young lad, I’ve wanted to run my own business and this win will enable me to do that.

"I’ve handed in my notice and I’m going to spend the summer holidays with our children and then launch my own venture," Mr Rose said.

His partner meanwhile said some home improvements were also on the cards, not to mention what will surely be a memorable summer holiday.

"With six children there’s always somewhere else for spare pennies to be spent but now we can do all those things I’ve been wanting to do for ages.

"First off the list, a new tumble drier as ours packed up last week, then a bit of decorating, some new storage and maybe a spanking new sofa.

"But first we’re going to have a brilliant, fun-packed summer with a second holiday in the Isle of Wight and a trip to Legoland already on the cards," she said.

National Lottery players raise around £30m for National Lottery-funded projects every week across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors, lottery operators Camelot said.