Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Frances and Patrick Connolly from Moira revealed as £115m Euromillions lottery winners

Frances and Patrick Connolly from Moira revealed as £115m Euromillions lottery winners

"I don't think we wanted to", said 54-year-old Patrick.

The couple, who have three daughters and three grandchildren-, said that they were not big spenders and had lived a simple life, largely devoid of luxuries, before the jackpot win, although they were now thinking about going on vacation to Mauritius.

Patrick and Frances Connolly, from Moira in Co Down says they celebrated their big win with a hug and a cup of tea.

He added: "We really didn't know what to do or how to react and we didn't sleep a wink that night".

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

The couple has been together for 30 years, living in Hartlepool for 25 years before recently returning to live in a rented property in Moira.

Patrick continued: "I've got a wonderful wife, a wonderful family and wonderful friends, so this is the icing on the cake".

But since finding out about the win, he has chose to retire for now.

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

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

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The Connollys are the fourth-biggest EuroMillions lottery winners in Britain.

10 other players took home £1m each in the draw.

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

But, she said, deciding how far to spread their good fortune would be tough. "The pleasure for me is going to be seeing their faces".

At the time, Margaret Loughrey said that on the day she bought the ticket, she had been to the job market to get an application form for a job with a charity.

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

Draw operator Camelot said that the winners came forward with their winning ticket yesterday.

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

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

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

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