Wednesday 20 September 2017

Money can't buy love as £148m lotto winners split

Adrian and Gillian Bayford in happier times. Sean Dempsey
Adrian and Gillian Bayford in happier times. Sean Dempsey

Ben Kendall

A couple who won a 148m (177m) EuroMillions jackpot are to divorce..Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Haverhill, Suffolk, England, scooped the second biggest ever lottery prize in August last year.

Jardine Michelson Public Relations issued a statement on Mrs Bayford's behalf confirming the split.

It said: "Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated.

"Gillian requests that the media respect her and her children's privacy and that of their wider family at this time.

"Gillian will be giving no further comment about this matter either now or in the future."

Mr Bayford (43) told the 'Sun' that he had left the couple's £6m mansion and moved a 10-minute drive away to a £500,000 four-bedroom house in Suffolk.

At a press conference after their win, mother-of-two Mrs Bayford (41) said she hoped the windfall would allow the family to spend more time together.

At the time she was working nights as a healthcare assistant, while Mr Bayford ran a record shop that has since closed.

She said: "We have lived within our means and been comfortable but we have been like ships in the night to earn the income we needed.

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