My carvery date with €166m Lotto win­ner...andi paid the bill

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY GERAL­DINE MCKELVIE


won­der how he never knew about Gillian’s Lotto luck.

He says: “I don’t have a telly so I don’t watch the news. I didn’t recog­nise Gillian when we first met and I don’t re­mem­ber her from be­ing at school as she was in the year above.

“She said she worked in an of­fice and moaned about how her boss was a pain in the a**e.

“But she came to pick me up for our first date in a sports car – it was strange to see a car like that com­ing up my street, which is kind of rough.

“I thought what­ever she did, she must be good at it.

“I was just happy to be in a car like that.

“But even af­ter she told me, I still paid for things. I’m old fash­ioned, I guess. She wasn’t my usual type, phys­i­cally, but I was at­tracted to her be­cause she was charis­matic and funny.

“We didn’t talk about money. We mainly talked about our kids. We had a cup of tea, which I paid for.”


Gavin says he and Gillian had be­gun a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion on Face­book af­ter she ex­pressed in­ter­est in a char­ity he wanted to launch to aid male vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse. She used her real name but Gavin in­sists he still didn’t click that she was a lot­tery win­ner.

He says: “I was lonely, too. I just wanted some fe­male com­pany.”

Gavin tells how Gillian re­vealed her for­tune over an­other cuppa three weeks af­ter the first date. He says she whipped out her mo­bile phone to show him the fa­mous shot of her and Adrian, 47, hold­ing cham­pagne flutes and their whop­ping €166mil­lion cheque. Gavin says he thought the pic­ture was a fake – be­cause he had mocked up a photo where was hold­ing a win­ner’s cheque. He re­calls: “She told me she had some­thing to tell me and showed me the pic­ture of her and Adrian. I asked if she’d Pho­to­shopped it. “I’d Pho­to­shopped a sim­i­lar one of me ‘win­ning’ the lot­tery. “She kind of looked of­fended and said, ‘No, I won it’. “My first ques­tion was: ‘How do you trust

I didn’t know of her Lotto win ... I thought it was odd when she turned up in sports car GAVIN INNES ON ‘NOT RECOG­NIS­ING’ EUROMILLION GILLIAN

Gillian and Adrian


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