Euromillions Winners: The big lottery winners that have gone public

A total of 15 players have won a jackpot of more than £100 million in the history of the National Lottery.

Here’s a look at the other top winners who went public after raising life-changing amounts of money.

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– Colin and Chris Weir, £161,653,000

Mr and Mrs Weir, from Largs, North Ayrshire, bagged their historic wins in July 2011, making them Britain’s biggest winners at the time.

Mr and Mrs Weir, from Largs, North Ayrshire, bagged their historic wins in July 2011, making them Britain’s biggest winners at the time.

Mr Weir invested £2.5million of his fortune in his beloved football club Partick Thistle, which resulted in one of the stands at the stadium being named after him.

Former TV cameraman Colin and former psychiatric nurse Mrs Weir also founded the Weir Charitable Trust in 2013 and donated £1million to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

The couple announced their decision to “divorce amicably” in 2019, after 38 years of marriage, and Mr Weir died later that year at the age of 71.

– Adrian and Gillian Bayford, £148,656,000

Mr and Mrs Bayford won €190m, equivalent to just over £148m, in a EuroMillions draw in August 2012.

The couple had bought a Grade I listed Cambridgeshire property with a cinema and billiards room, but it was sold in 2021, a few years after the couple’s divorce, The Mirror reported.

– Frances and Patrick Connolly, £114,969,775

Former social worker and teacher Ms Connolly, originally from Glebe in Co Tyrone, set up two charitable foundations after she and her husband won almost £115million on New Year’s Day 2019.

Her biggest expense after her win was a six bedroom house and seven acres of land in County Durham while Mr Connolly drives a used Aston Martin.

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The couple are not squandering their wealth and Mrs Connolly has no desire to buy a yacht.

She estimates she’s given away £60million, including to charity, but doesn’t keep a balance sheet and joked this year that if her husband saw it, she’d worry.

-Neil Trotter, £107,932,603

South London native Neil Trotter went from former auto mechanic to multi-millionaire in March 2014.

He told the BBC in 2019 that “I’m living my dream” but it had taken him a few years to adjust to the surge in his finances.

He bought a big house with a lake on some land that required a lot of work which he said gave him something to do.

Mr. Trotter said he also helped some people financially.

– Steve and Lenka Thomson, £105,100,701

Mr Thomson, a builder from Selsey, West Sussex, and his wife, Lenka, lived in their £150,000 home for over a year after their big win in 2019.

One of their first purchases was a used van and a Volvo XC90.

After the draw, father-of-three Mr Thomson said he felt like he was having a heart attack when he realized he had the winning numbers on his Lucky Dip ticket.

– Dave and Angela Dawes, £101,203,600

Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire won the EuroMillions draw on their third attempt in October 2011.

Mr Dawes, who was shift manager at Premier Foods, said he “didn’t sleep a wink” on the night of the win as it was too late to call Camelot after the couple checked their numbers.

A keen Chelsea fan and a past steward at the club, a season ticket was on Mr Dawes’ shopping list.

According to the BBC, a court ruled in 2017 that Mr Dawes did not have to financially support his son, who the broadcaster said was seeking a ruling requiring Mr and Mrs Dawes to financially support him for the rest of their lives.

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