WE PAT AND FRANCES

AS £115m COU­PLE VOW TO GIVE AWAY LOTTO MIL­LIONS.. JUST CUT OUT THIS PAGE & STICK IT IN YOUR WIN­DOW

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - by RUTH Mc­KEE

BRI­TAIN’S new­est lot­tery mil­lion­aires Pat and Frances Con­nolly were un­veiled yes­ter­day – and vowed to give away huge chunks of their £115mil­lion for­tune to pals. Here’s your chance to show how much you love them!

THE cou­ple who won the £115mil­lion Euro-Mil­lions jack­pot have pledged to give a lot of it away.

Frances and Pa­trick Con­nolly will dish out mil­lions of pounds to 50 of their close friends and fam­ily.

They vowed that they have “no in­ten­tions of keep­ing all that money” for them­selves.

But mum-of-three Frances, 52, said the cou­ple from the small town of Moira in Co Ar­magh would be treat­ing them­selves to lux­ury sports cars and mega-hol­i­days.

She said it will be “a lot of fun” to see the looks on her fam­ily and friends’ faces when they hand out the life-chang­ing gifts. She said: “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.”

The cou­ple be­came the fourth big­gest Lotto win­ners in UK his­tory when they won the New Year’s Day draw with a last-minute lucky dip ticket.

But when Pa­trick, 54, logged into their lot­tery ac­count and re­alised what had hap­pened the pair sim­ply “sat and stared at each other for 10 min­utes” be­fore cel­e­brat­ing with “a hug and a cup of tea”. He said: “We re­ally didn’t know what to do or how to re­act and we didn’t sleep a wink that night. We rang Camelot at 8am in the morn­ing to ver­ify the win.

“Then it started to dawn on us that it was true even though it still hasn’t re­ally sunk in.”

The pair have also pledged to pour money back into North­ern Ire­land with Pa­trick keen to start up a busi­ness ven­ture.

They had been plan­ning to move from their rented home to Croy­don, south London, where Pa­trick has been of­fered a new job.

But he will re­tire from work while Frances, who worked as an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme co-or­di­na­tor, will be en­rolling in a PhD to study clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy.

Pa­trick also in­tends to swap his Re­nault La­guna es­tate car for a sporty Alfa Romeo.

The eye-wa­ter­ing win means they could af­ford to buy 850 av­er­age-sized homes in North­ern Ire­land. The win­ning num­bers were 1, 8, 11, 25, 28 and Lucky Stars 4 and 6.

LOTTSA LUCK: Frances and Pa­trick yes­ter­day

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