Irish couple celebrate £115m lottery win
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.