Wednesday 29 March 2017

Euro million winners thrilled with jackpot

Scottish couple planning how to spend their record prize, writes Dean Gray

The winners of Europe's biggest ever lottery jackpot see their future as "bright and golden" after winning €185m in the Euromillions draw, they told a news conference yesterday.

Colin Weir (64) and his wife Chris (55), from the seaside resort of Largs, near Glasgow in Scotland, plan to spend the money on travelling, new homes and driving lessons for their children.

"We were tickled pink with the whole notion of winning so much money. We just couldn't believe it," said Chris, a retired psychiatric nurse, of the moment she realised they had won the jackpot on Tuesday night.

"My hope is that we're as strong a family and we have as good a time as we've always had, that our future seems to be as bright and golden as it is this morning."

The couple missed the televised Euromillions draw, only finding out they had won after Chris checked television information service Teletext around midnight on Tuesday when the lottery phoneline had already closed, meaning they had to wait until the morning to confirm their win.

"We were excited, exhilarated, we didn't go to sleep, not a jot of sleep the whole night," said Colin. The prize pot had grown after a series of rollovers in which there was no winner in the main draw.

The Weirs had played Euromillions using Lucky Dip, meaning their five numbers and two so-called Lucky Star numbers were selected by machine at random. They bought five lines and it was the final line that contained the winning combination.

Colin, a former cameraman and studio manager at Scottish Television, said he hoped to buy a box at the stadium of Barcelona soccer club, the Camp Nou, and visit Ayers Rock in Australia.

The couple said they planned to stay in their home but would buy new homes for their children, Carly (24) and Jamie (22) and other houses elsewhere.

The Weirs said they would also give money to good causes but would take their time to make sure money was targeted effectively.

"We now have so many new opportunities to explore but we won't rush it. For us, it will be a gradual change with choices to be made," said Colin.

The couple have both had several serious health conditions in recent years and have been unable to work.

Mr Weir suffered a leg injury and rheumatoid arthritis.

Mrs Weir's career in nursing spanned 37 years but she stopped three years ago because of poor health.

Irish Independent

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