Couple who won €54 million lottery give away €1.5 million to their best friend
MATT Topham and Cassey Carrington, the couple who won €54 million on the Euromillions lottery, are giving away a €1.5 million chunk of their fortune to their best friend, it was reported today
Painter and decorator Mr Topham and fiancee Miss Carrington, both 22, are giving the money to their friend Eddie Smith, a web development student, according to a newspaper.
The pair, from Stapleford, Notts, have also reportedly used their windfall to upgrade from their £80,000 (€95,000) semi-detached home although they have chosen to buy a modest £249,000 (€300,000) house nearby rather than a mansion.
However the brand new £70,000 (€83,000) Jaguar XK 2-Door Coupe and £28,000 (€33,500) Range Rover Evoque parked on the driveway suggest they have been splashing out in other ways.
The couple offered €1 million to their friend Mr Smith, 22, but raised this to €1.5 million when they heard that he planned to use the money to pay off his parents' mortgage and help his brother.
A friend told The Sun: "It's a fantastic gesture and proves Matt and Cassey don't intend to leave their friends behind despite their mountains of cash.
"They've both been friends of Eddie for years - they call him their 'bestest' friend.
"When he told them what he wanted to do with the money, they said they'd up the amount to €1.5 million, just like that.
"Matt and Cassey have also promised to sort out other family and friends. They plan to enjoy their money - and help those close to them enjoy life a bit more as well."
Mr Topham has given nothing to his estranged mother Julie, 49, who he has not spoken to for seven years after her split from his father.
Meanwhile one of the lottery couple's new neighbours Jody Lester, 35, told the Daily Mail: “It is a strange choice of property for a multi-millionaire couple. The plot is just too small and the back garden would not be enough if you had children.”
Another said he was “stunned” to hear that two multimillionaires would want to live in such a “claustrophobic” part of the road.
He said: “We’ve always said you would need more money than sense to buy that property."
A friend of the couple, who plan to marry in the autumn, still planned to one day buy “a huge plot of land” and build their dream home but were in no hurry.
The couple have not commented on their new purchases. Mr Smith, of Bramcote, Notts, also declined to comment while his father Andrew, 54, added: "We have no comment."