Friday 30 September 2016

Lottery winner's ex-wife: 'I wouldn't take him back even for £32m'

Sophie Jamieson

Published 25/02/2016 | 08:16

Gerry Cannings, who's ex-wife has said she would not take her former spouse back, even with his multi-million fortune Photo: PA
Gerry Cannings, who's ex-wife has said she would not take her former spouse back, even with his multi-million fortune Photo: PA

The ex-wife of the man who won a £32.5million lottery jackpot has said she would not take her former spouse back, even with his multi-million fortune.

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Jenny Brown, 61, used to be married to Gerry Cannings, 63, who was announced yesterday as the lucky winner of the second biggest ever Lotto jackpot.

But management consultant Ms Brown, who has since remarried, said: “My new husband asked if it would have been worth being married to him for £32million. No. I don’t envy him and I don’t expect anything from him.”

The couple were married for 25 years, but divorced 17 years ago.

Ms Brown told The Sun that she was still on good terms with her ex-husband, saying: “He’s a nice person”.

Mr Cannings and wife Lisa, 48, were revealed as the prize-winners on Tuesday.

The couple admitted they had taken almost a week to claim their prize because they were having their house in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire decorated.

They realised they had scooped the windfall the morning after matching all six numbers in the rollover draw, but delayed cashing in the ticket because they "thought it would be easier to wait".

It meant Mr Cannings, a 63-year-old retired history teacher, carried the winning ticket in his wallet for a week as the couple waited until they had unpacked the boxes at home while deciding what to do with their £32,534,188.

"I know it sounds mad, but we had a guy in to paint the whole house," said Mrs Cannings. "We'd been planning it for ages and had packed everything into boxes.

"We just thought it would be easier to wait, although it did mean that Gerry had to carry round the winning ticket in his wallet all week. It was very nerve-wracking."

The couple have been together for 13 years and have an 11-year-old son, Sam, together and Mr Cannings has two sons - Tom, 34, and Adam, 31 - from a previous marriage, along with five grandchildren all aged under four.

"I know it sounds mad, but we had a guy in to paint the whole house," said Mrs Cannings. "We'd been planning it for ages and had packed everything into boxes.

"We just thought it would be easier to wait, although it did mean that Gerry had to carry round the winning ticket in his wallet all week. It was very nerve-wracking."

The couple have been together for 13 years and have an 11-year-old son, Sam, together and Mr Cannings has two sons - Tom, 34, and Adam, 31 - from a previous marriage, along with five grandchildren all aged under four.

Telegraph.co.uk

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