NI Couple Win Almost £115m In EuroMillions

NI Couple Win Almost £115m In EuroMillions

NI Couple Win Almost £115m In EuroMillions

So began a new life for the couple from County Armagh in Northern Ireland on New Year's Day, after scooping one of the biggest United Kingdom lottery wins in history.

We're in the money: Frances and Patrick Connolly announced their lottery win at the Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast yesterday.

Ms Connolly (52) told how they plan to share their windfall with family and friends.

Frances and Patrick have become the fourth biggest lottery winners in United Kingdom history.

A Co Armagh couple who pocketed a cool £115m EuroMillions jackpot have admitted they had no intention of going public at first. "That will be really tough", she said.

Her husband, Patrick Connolly-a businessman who once ran his own manufacturing firm-has made a decision to retire, although he said he would likely be thinking about a new project soon to keep himself busy, suggesting he wanted to use some of the money to create jobs. "The pleasure for me is going to be seeing people's faces". She expected the limelight cast on them by their good fortune to fade.

Fifty-two-year-old teacher Ms Connolly, has said she would like to buy a second hand Jaguar with the prize money, with Mr Connolly, 54, adding that he wanted to watch more rugby matches and see a F1 Grand Prix.

Mr Connolly ran a small business at one stage before going on to work for others.

Asked by a reporter if they had thought about personal security, Mrs Connolly quipped: "I've never met anyone I couldn't take down myself!"

A huge mansion is not on the cards though, Ms Connolly explained.

"This is the icing on the cake".

Despite their huge win, the couple promised the money would not change them as people.

The winning main EuroMillions numbers were 01, 08, 11, 25, 28 and the winning EuroMillions Lucky Star numbers were 04 and 06.

She added: "I can not see us being in the limelight for a long time".

A Dublin work syndicate claimed an €88.5m EuroMillions jackpot in January 2017, while a west of Ireland syndicate scooped nearly €29m in July that year.

Despite this, their largest ever win before the jackpot was £2.60.

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