When someone hits a big lottery jackpot, they make the headlines, pop champagne, pose for pictures, and we hear all about what they will be doing with their millions. Eventually the media fanfare calms down and moves onto the next big winner story. Haven’t you ever wondered what happened with some of the biggest lotto multi-millionaires?
Did they spend their money as they planned? Have their lives changed drastically? We caught up with the latest news on some of the world’s biggest lottery winners. These EuroMillions UK winners got up to some really interesting things in 2014!
Chris and Colin Weir Say YES!
Chris and Colin Weir are Britain’s biggest lottery jackpot winners (in Sterling), having won a phenomenal £161 million in EuroMillions in July 2011. This lucky couple from Largs near Glasgow could not believe their eyes when they realized that they had matched numbers 17, 19, 38, 42, 45, and Lucky Stars 9 and 10, making them the sole winners of the main prize.
They wanted to travel to China and Australia, and to visit the best art galleries in Paris and Russia. They also planned on buying new houses for their son and daughter. Aside from these luxuries, the Weir’s also intended on donating money to charity. And they have definitely not disappointed on this front!
In 2013, this philanthropic couple set up The Weir Charitable Trust with the aim of assisting Scottish charities, groups or individual people in need of financial aid. The charity was created with a £5 million endowment from the Weirs.
One cause that Chris and Colin showed particular support for in 2014 was Scotland’s pro-independence campaign, the Yes Scotland campaign. The couple donated £5.5 million to Yes Scotland, which was nearly 80% of total donations to the campaign. They have been life-long independence supporters so they are lucky enough to have been in a position to fund their favourite cause.
The Weirs are a couple not only with a big bank balance, but also with a big heart. In 2012, they received a letter from a desperate mother who needed £28,000 to pay for surgery to help her 3-year old daughter walk. The Weirs gave her the money and have possibly changed a little girl’s life. The same year, they pledged a five-figure amount of money to purchase a prosthetic limb for a 13-year old Scottish cancer sufferer. In fact, from the moment they became millionaires, this kindly couple have shown their generosity, even giving their previous £180,000 home to their neighbours when they moved out!
Gillian Bayford Finds True Love
Many of us lotto fans know the story of Adrian and Gillian Bayford who won £148 million in EuroMillions in August 2012. The couple sadly split in 2013 but the story does end with a happily ever after. Gillian Bayford will be remarrying and the lucky guy is the Audi dealer who sold her a new fleet of Audis.
Gillian bought five new cars from an Audi dealership and hit it off with the dealer, Alan Warnock. Now the happy couple have decided to wed! With her new love, new flashy engagement ring and new fortune, Gillian Bayford’s future looks bright. Adrian Bayford is also engaged, so there is a happy and prosperous future in store for both these lotto millionaires.
Neil Trotter Moves Into Dream Mansion
Motorsport fanatic, Neil Trotter, was not completely surprised when he hit a massive EuroMillions jackpot in March last year. He always believed he would be a millionaire someday and knew it would happen for him at some point. He won the incredible sum of £108 million, becoming Britain’s fourth biggest EuroMillions winner.
At the time he spoke about his dream house – a spacious property where his partner, Nicky Ottaway, could house horses, and he could park a fleet of supercars. Now, Trotter has made his dreams a reality. He recently purchased a massive £5 million medieval estate, complete with 400 acres of land and its own lake. Best of all is that the mansion has more than enough space for his dream racing cars, and has plenty horse stables too! Trotter sold his three-bedroom semi in Surrey for almost £400,000, making himself a nice profit on the property. Lucky for his neighbours, racing-mad Trotter won’t be building a racetrack on his new estate!
Life of a Lottery Millionaire
Ah, the life of a lotto millionaire! Breath-taking properties, luxury Audis, and, in the case of the Weirs, the joy of giving something back. And all these lucky winners did to make their dreams a reality was buy EuroMillions UK lottery tickets and get the numbers right! You too could become a lottery multi-millionaire. All you need to do to stand a chance of winning is to buy your lottery tickets and hope that lady luck is on your side! The world’s biggest lottery jackpot at the moment is $208 million for US Powerball. This amount of money could get you everything that you’ve ever dreamed of. If you play theLotter’s new Powerball syndicate of 792 lines, you’ll experience 792 times greater odds of winning a prize! So what are you waiting for, 2015 could be your year!