A Carnforth woman is celebrating today after scooping £1m in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle.

And the only reason she bought a ticket was because she had loose change in her pocket.

Gail Colledge is now planning a dream trip to America to see her best friend who she has only seen once in the last 42 years – and she will upgrade to first class. A make-over for her home is also high on the shopping list.

Gail, 53, who lost her husband, Trevor, 61, to cancer in February, has already handed in her notice at Asda in Kendal where she has worked on the pizza counter for three years.

The mother-of-two said: “I absolutely love my job and have had many happy years serving pizzas and made lots of friends. But with a big lottery win like this I just feel I can give up work and have lots of free time to do exactly what I want to do.

“All of my money worries are gone, I can treat my family and I can go to see my friend in America and travel first class – something I never dreamed I would ever be able to afford."