Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Armagh couple win life-changing £115m in New Year's EuroMillions jackpot

Armagh couple win life-changing £115m in New Year's EuroMillions jackpot

Will they have to include HMRC on that list too?

"I'm going to cry myself to sleep that I can't help everybody".

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

Her husband Patrick Connolly, 54, added: "I've got a wonderful wife, a wonderful family and wonderful friends, so this is the icing on the cake".

"We are quite level-headed people; we are not overly extravagant-yet", Patrick Connolly said.

"I need to digest this", he admitted.

When asked what they planned to spend the rest of the money on, Patrick Connelly said: "For the minute I'm retired, I need to digest this, but it won't last long, I need to be doing something".

Mrs Connolly, who had worked as an educational programme coordinator, is planning to do a PHD in clinical psychology.

Before going to bed, he checked the result and found they had the winning numbers: 01, 08, 11, 25, 28, with lucky stars 04 and 06. They slept little that night. He rechecked four times - "I was sure it was a scam" - before telling his wife: "I think I've got some good news for you". He did so without much expectation, since the couple had never won more than £10. "Never in a million years", said Frances.

"I always hoped we would win the lottery one day, but when we did, it would be just our luck that lots of others would win on the same day with the same numbers too - never in my wildest dreams did I think we would ever win nearly £115m".

The biggest lottery prize in United Kingdom history is the £161m EuroMillions jackpot won by North Ayrshire couple Chris and Colin Weir in 2011.

In December 2013, an unemployed woman from Strabane, County Tyrone, won nearly £27m in the EuroMillions lottery. "There are no skeletons, there are no dirty pictures, there is not enough to keep us in the public eye", she said.

The lucky winners will start 2019 considerably wealthier after scooping the prize - a total of £114,969,755.70.

Iris Jeffrey scooped £20.1m with a ticket she bought on 14 July but only realised she had hit the jackpot the following month after hearing an appeal by lottery organisers Camelot.

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