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British Bus Drivers Win $75.6 Million In EuroMillions Lottery

Euro Millions Winners Bus Drivers

First Posted: 03/19/12 01:56 PM ET Updated: 03/20/12 04:45 PM ET

Over the weekend, 12 bus drivers scooped up a $75.6 million EuroMillions lottery jackpot, the Telegraph reports.

After spending much of their lives driving buses to make ends meet, these bus drivers from Corby -- a quiet town in Northamptonshire, England -- are going to be swapping their uniforms for nice cars, comfortable homes and jet-setting trips around the world.

"It doesn't happen to people like us. It didn't seem right," a shocked John Noakes -- one of the bus drivers who is due to take home $4.9 million -- told the Northamptonshire Chronicle. "It's surreal, it really is."

Ready to start a new life, Noakes told BBC News that he -- along with the the other winners -- would soon be leaving the bus driving business.

"Don't get me wrong, I love my job... but I can't go driving a bus around when I've got an Aston Martin and I want to go to the race track," Noakes, who was nominated for the national 'Bus Driver Of The Year' award in 2011, joked.

Ally Spencer, one winner who has been a bus driver for almost two decades, concurred.

"This would have been my 20th year and I have loved it. But I won't be stepping on a bus again," he told the Sun.

The 57-year-old grandfather, who currently lives in a small two-bedroom apartment with his wife Yvonne, 62, said that he is going to buy a new home for his family and hopes to soon take a vacation in Jamaica.

Other than that, his desires are simple.

"I don't want a Ferrari," Spencer said, "I'll get a good climbing frame to put in the garden of our new place for the grandkids to play on."

The win has caused some added stress for John Drew, local manager of Stagecoach -- the bus company that the 12 men worked for -- as he has had to look for new drivers, the Guardian reports.

But, despite the extra work, Drew noted that it was a "happy issue" to deal with.

"The 12 guys in question that won, well, I'm... ecstatic for each and every one of them and wish them luck with their good fortune," he said.

For Noakes, 49, this good fortune could not have come at a better time. Due to budget constraints, Noakes said that his work hours with Stagecoach were soon due to be cut -- a prospect that had left him "really worried" about his financial security.

"I am over the moon," said Noakes, adding that he would buy his wife, Jean, "whatever she wanted".

As for winner Charles Connor, 40, the windfall has allowed him to plan for his children's future.

"Money has never been a big thing for me, and I won't let it become one," he told the Sun. "I'll be able to send the kids to college, show them parts of the world I wanted to see but never could."