The UK’s Top 4 Known Lottery Winners: How They Spent It?
Lottery winners can walk away with fortunes that will set them and their offspring up for life.
Your luck of winning a lottery is slim since the chances of predicting the correct numbers are usually 1 out of several hundred million 🙄
Regardless, people still like playing the lottery because it’s exciting. It increases the dopamine hormone, which allows us to feel pleasure, satisfaction, and motivation.
Call me naive, but buying a lottery ticket for £3 is not worse than buying a coffee. Both bring pleasure and release the feel-good hormone 😊.
Many people feel like £3 is a small price to pay for 15 seconds of irrational hope of winning millions of dollars. The lottery allows people to daydream about the possibility of a better life.
Lottotland did research to find out what are the luckiest lotto numbers in history. Last year, 375 people in the UK became millionaires with the lottery.
Most winners want to remain anonymous, while some don’t mind displaying their newly-acquired wealth.
Let’s discuss 4 luckiest lottery winners in the history of the UK who decided to reveal their identities:
1. Joe and Jess Thwaite – £184,262,899.1
Joe and Jess Thwaite won a whopping £184,262,899.1 in a lottery draw on 10th May 2022.
The couple decided to reveal their identities at a press conference and noted that Mr. Thwaite learned about the good news through the National Lottery app.
The lucky numbers that helped Joe and Jess win the jackpot were 3, 25, 27, 28, and 29, plus the Luck Star numbers 4 and 9.
During the time of the win, Joe was 49 and Jess was 44, and they had been married for 11 years with two primary school-aged children.
Jess and her sister ran a hairdressing salon while Joe was a communication sales engineer. After the win, Jess revealed to the public that their children desired to go to Hawaii.
The couple celebrated by inviting their extended family to dine with them at a Miller and Carter chain restaurant in Gloucester. Surprisingly, they spent around £38,000 of the money on an understated used Volvo estate. They could have afforded a Bugatti or an Aston Martin, but they did not.
2. Chris and Colin Weir – £161,653,000
Another couple that decided to reveal their identities after hitting a lottery jackpot is Chris and Colin Weir.
The couple, who lived in Largs, North Ayrshire, scooped a whopping £161,653,000 in 2011.
After hitting the jackpot, Colin invested £2.5 million in Patrick Thistle football club. As a result, the club named one of the stands at the stadium after him.
Colin later bought 55% of the club’s shares, which would be given to the local community after his death. In 2013, the couple decided to set up the Weir Charitable Trust and donated £1 million to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014.
Unfortunately, Chris and Colin divorced in 2019. After the divorce, Colin did not live much to enjoy his fortune because he passed on the same year, aged 71.
3. Adrian and Gillian Bayford – £148,000,000
The couple scooped this fortune in a EuroMillions draw in 2012.
Adrian and Gillian decided to buy a Grade-II listed estate in Cambridgeshire, equipped with a billiards room and a cinema. However, they sold the property in 2021, a few years after their divorce. Adrian and Gillian had announced that they had split the fortune evenly in 2013.
After the divorce, Gillian and their two kids moved to Scotland. On the other hand, Adrian did not marry again. He spends his time enjoying luxury holidays with family and friends.
Adrian spent his share on real estate, where he owns approximately 38 homes. He rents out most of these properties.
Besides, he bought a £6 million mansion and opened a film and record memorabilia store in Cambridge. He later sold his £6 million estate at a loss, according to The Sun.
4. Patrick Connolly and Frances – £114,900,000
Patrick Connolly and his wife Frances won £114,969,775 in a EuroMillions draw in 2019.
After the win, Frances immediately donated £60 million of the fortune to charitable causes.
Even before the couple had discussed a yearly charity budget, Frances had already spent up to 2032’s allocation.
The former social worker and teacher stated that she is addicted to helping others.
Later on, she set up two charity foundations; the PFC Trust in Hartlepool and another in Northern Ireland, named after her late mother, Kathleen Graham.