Friday, 22 March, 2019

Teacher and businessman revealed as winners of £115m EuroMillions jackpot

Irish couple started 2019 with a bang after winning £114m in EuroMillions NI couple to go public as £114.9m EuroMillions winners
Orlando Vargas | 06 January, 2019, 12:48

The biggest every United Kingdom lottery prize is the £161m EuroMillions jackpot won by Chris and Colin Weir from North Ayrshire in July 2011.

They won exactly £114,969,775.50 in the draw, and will receive their check at The Culloden Estate and Spa on Friday 04 January in a press conference, where their identity will also be revealed.

A Northern Irish couple who won a $145 million jackpot in the New Year's Day EuroMillions lottery draw said they will share their prize with friends, family and charitable causes.

Mr Connolly ran a small business at one stage before going on to work for others.

The New Year's Day win follows a series of high-profile lottery prizes in recent years.

He said he was retired for now while he decides what to do in the future while his wife said: "I am retired - 100%".

They've said they've made a list of about fifty family members and friends who they plan to help out with their windfall, which is certainly a noble gesture.

Patrick continued: "I've got a wonderful wife, a wonderful family and wonderful friends, so this is the icing on the cake". "That will be really tough", she explained.

"I slid back in my chair after checking the numbers several times and said to Frances 'Do you want the good news.?" "Then it started to dawn on us that it was true even though it still hasn't really sunk in", said Patrick Connolly.

"I remember serving him coffee and maybe some of our tray bakes, you serve a lot of people in here but once you see a face, you don't forget it".

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Frances, who worked for an online magazine, said: "I've wanted to do my PhD in clinical psychology and I can afford to do it now".

Mrs Connolly, who said their ticket was a lucky dip, insisted the win would not change them as people.

But, she said, deciding how far to spread their good fortune would be tough.

"At the minute there are about 50 people [on the list.] It's going to be so much fun giving it away", she said.

The couple lived in Hartlepool for 25 years.

Asked by a reporter if they had thought about personal security, Mrs Connolly quipped: "I've never met anyone I couldn't take down myself!" "We won £2.60 the week before".

"There's no way I'm joining the jet set".

The winning EuroMillions numbers were 1, 8, 11, 25, 28 and the winning EuroMillions Lucky Star numbers were 4 and 6.

Mrs Connolly said when she saw her husband was looking at the lottery she realised they must have won something.

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