Ir­ish cou­ple cel­e­brate £115m lot­tery win

Pretoria News Weekend - - METRO - | Daily Mail

A MID­DLE-AGED cou­ple from North­ern Ire­land were named yes­ter­day as the win­ners of the en­tire jack­pot of £115mil­lion (R2­bil­lion) in this year’s first Euromil­lions lot­tery draw.

Frances and Pa­trick Con­nolly held a gi­ant cheque for £114969775 as they posed for pho­tog­ra­phers in an award cer­e­mony hosted by Na­tional Lot­tery or­gan­is­ers Camelot.

“Un­be­liev­able!” Pa­trick Con­nolly, 54, said as he held the cheque.

“I don’t know what to say. Look at it writ­ten,” Frances Con­nolly, 52, added as she ex­am­ined the num­bers on the cheque.

“I don’t think it’s ac­tu­ally sunk in, it re­ally hasn’t,” Frances Con­nolly said.

The cou­ple, who have three daugh­ters and three grand­chil­dren, cur­rently live in the vil­lage of Moira, County Down.

They spent about 25 years liv­ing and work­ing in the north-east­ern English town of Hartle­pool.

They told the or­gan­is­ers on Fri­day that they had drawn up a list of some 50 fam­ily mem­bers and friends they planned to help fi­nan­cially with their win­nings.

“This is a mas­sive sum of money and we want it to have a huge im­pact on the lives of other peo­ple we know and love, as well as on our fu­ture, too,” Frances Con­nolly said.

“This win gives us the chance to re­ally make a dif­fer­ence for our fam­ily and friends,” she said.

The Con­nollys win­ning num­bers were 01, 08, 11, 25, 28.

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