Who are the biggest UK EuroMillions lottery winners ever? – The Sun

FOR MANY of us, winning the EuroMillions jackpot is just a fantasy.

But, for those who actually win the lottery, what happens after they've got their prize money and could it really be cursed?

Who are the biggest ever UK EuroMillions lottery winners and where are they now?

The lives of winners are not what you expect, many choose to be anonymous, and for those who welcome the spotlight, some of their stories have now taken to tragedy.

There's plenty of reports of financial feuds and couples broken up by the "lottery curse".

Here's what happened to some of the UK's biggest EuroMillions winners.

1. Anonymous

The record for the UK’s biggest lottery prize was set in a special Must Be Won EuroMillions draw. The jackpot had rolled over an incredible 22 times in a row, including four at the previous €190 million cap. The winner wanted to stay anonymous on their historical win.

2. Colin and Chris Weir

Colin and Chris Weir won £161million on the EuroMillions in 2011.

They splashed out on a stunning mansion and their humble first buys included a checked sports jacket, a computer and a tractor.

The Scottish couple initially bought Knock House near Largs, but they sold their mansion in favour of an even bigger pad in Troon. They donated much of their money and set up The Weir Charitable Trust in 2013.

In April, the pair announced they were filing for divorce and released a statement.

In December 2019, Colin died after succumbing to a “short illness”. He saved money away to throw his friends a lobster feast at the funeral.

3. Adrian and Gillian Bayford

Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk won £148.6 million, after exchange rates, on 10th August 2012 because they bought a Lucky Dip from a convenience store.
When they realised they had won, they celebrated by taking their children out for pizza.

Just 15 months after the jackpot win, Gillian, 47, divorced Adrian, 49.
Adrian used part of the fortune to set up his own music business and open a shop featuring the world's largest collection of Lady Gaga memorabilia.

Adrian's £6.5m mansion with 189 acres and pool is being sold because close friends report it has too many memories of pals betraying him.

In February 2017 the wealthy winner's younger girlfriend left him and his home was raided in a £100,000 burglary, all in the space of a few weeks..

Meanwhile Gillian had a bit of strife of her own as her father blasted her saying he "only received £1million" from his daughter despite her claims she gave him £20m.

Dad Ian McCulloch, 71, said: "Gillian's whole life is shredded with lies. Her life is a total mess – a fabrication."

In August 2018, Gillian married convicted fraudster Brian Deans.

4. Frances and Patrick Connolly

Just one lucky ticket matched all the numbers to scoop the £114.9million New Year's Day EuroMillions jackpot in 2019.

Frances and Patrick Connolly, from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, celebrated the (extremely) lucky dip win with a cup of tea, after first thinking it was a scam.

Their exact prize pot was £114,969,755.70 shooting the couple towards the upper-half of lottery winners in the country.

The generous pair – a retired teacher and businessman – said one of the first things they did was sit down and write a list of 50 people they want to share the money with.

They bought computers for children stuck at home who had no means of accessing an education during Covid lockdown.

Patrick plans were to retire from his work in manufacturing, shower his wife with gifts, buy a Jaguar and take a trip to the Maldives.

They have three grandchildren, two boys and a girl, a 30-year-old daughter and twins aged 24.

5. The Davies Family

In 2016 the Davies family won £61million on the EuroMillions.

Stephanie Davies, 23, reluctantly bought a ticket on Friday night after mum Sonia phoned from Florida and begged her to buy one.

The 53-year-old was in the US having vital keyhole surgery to remove a cancerous tumour, and had a feeling she would go on a winning streak after the op was a success.

Sonia, who worked as an administration assistant, had cancer in the parathyroid glands in her neck.

The Welsh family said they were the "luckiest people on the planet" after scooping an enormous amount of cash.

But even this happy family couldn't avoid controversy as it was reported father of the family Keith, 55, of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, would share his cash with twins Holly and Abby, 23, and Natasha, 24 — his daughters with ex Mandy.

But it was reported that Keith’s partner Sonia’s estranged son Spencer Pugh would not see a penny of the £61million EuroMillions win.

6. Bev Doran

Bev Doran won £14millions on the EuroMillions in 2017.

But even she struggled with the life-changing sum as she feared her ex would launch legal action to get his hands on a share of her £14.5million EuroMillions jackpot.

The single mum-of-four split from jobless Sean Priestley, 48, just seven months before her win, after 12 years and three kids together.

Pals explained how she was seeking legal advice amid concerns skint Sean would try to mount a case to stake a claim on her new-found riches.

One said: "He doesn't deserve a single penny of it. She's getting advice at the moment and that's one area she's looking at."

Another said: "He should have stuck around a bit longer if he wanted some of the money. More fool him if he's stupid enough to try.

"If it was me I'd tell him to f*** off. It's not his money. It's for her and her kids. She'll get advice and deal with it."

7. Gareth and Catherine Bull

Gareth and his wife Catherine joked they were the most “boring multimillionaires” when they won £40.6million the EuroMillions in 2012.

She said she wanted a new carpet for the six-bedroom home he had just built and have her hair done twice a year.

But he splashed out on a huge hospitality box at Old Trafford and another at Wembley.

They also bought a holiday villa in Tenerife. She gave up her job and he wound down his building company.

The couple split and Gareth started dating a woman named Donna Desporte who he seduced by telling her to "Google him" in a bar in Tenerife.

They had a nine-month fling – which has ended with him ignoring and avoiding her, according to 48-year-old Donna.

8. Jane Park

Britain's youngest lottery winner Jane Park actually only won £1million on EuroMillions, but despite winning the least on our list, she's definitely made the biggest splash.

Just 17 at the time,  she has since splashed out on cars, holidays, clothes and plastic surgery.

It is all a far cry from her £8-an-hour job as an admin temp and the two-bedroom Edinburgh council flat she shared with her mum Linda before her win.

But she said that winning has been a nightmare and that being a millionaire is stressful.

Speaking to the Sunday People, she said: “I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?”

"I thought it would make [my life] ten times better but it’s made it ten times worse.

"I wish I had no money most days. I say to myself, 'My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won'.

9. The NHS dinner ladies

A group of NHS dinner ladies who call themselves the "Catering Girls" ditched their jobs after scooping a £25m lottery jackpot in November 2017.

The lucky six all quit the health service after scooping the EuroMillions prize of £25,476,778.30.

 

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