Winners Of £114.9m EuroMillions Jackpot Named

Gladys Abbott
January 6, 2019

They won a total of £114,969,775.70, making them the fourth biggest United Kingdom lottery winners in history.

The identity of the lucky winners will be unveiled at Belfast's Culloden Estate and Spa this morning - and staff are getting the champagne ready.

The couple won the jackpot after playing the New Year's Day EuroMillions draw on Tuesday, where the winning numbers were 01, 08, 11, 25 and 28, with Lucky Stars 04 and 06.

The pair live in a rented home and were previously considering a move to Croydon in March as Mr Connolly had been offered a new job as an operations manager.

When their randomly-selected numbers came up on New Year's Day after an online "lucky dip" entry the level-headed winners stared at each other in silence then celebrated with a cup of tea.

He added: "For the minute, I'm retired!"

Mrs Connolly would not disclose details of those they would be helping but promised to create some more millionaires in a list of 50 people who will benefit from a share of their winnings.

She said she would cry herself to sleep in frustration at not being able to help everyone.

Its editor, Brian Pelan, said: "I think Frances should take time out to enjoy and have a good think about what she does".

Mrs Connolly, 52, said: "The pleasure for me will be seeing their faces and asking what they want us to do for them".

"I don't think it's actually sunk in, it really hasn't", Frances Connolly said.

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Mrs Connolly worked as an educational programme co-ordinator and plans to study for a PHD in clinical psychology.

Frances and Patrick said they would be sharing the £115million with 50 people.

She said deciding how far to spread their windfall would be tough.

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

The Connollys said instead of first-class flights, their 24-year-old daughter could have her hostel upgraded to a hotel near the airport.

Asked about hiring a bodyguard, she joked: "I've never met anybody I couldn't take down myself, to be fair".

Noting her mobility problems, she indicated a huge mansion was not on the cards.

"There's no way I'm joining the jet set".

Mrs Connolly said when she saw her husband was looking at the lottery she realised they must have won something.

"I was just delighted to hear her saying that the magazine was good and she really liked the work we did". "We won £2.60 the week before".

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