Chris and Colin Weir – EuroMillions Winners
EuroMillions Winners Chris and Colin Weir won the jackpot in draw number 397 on 12th July 2011. Their winning EuroMillions numbers were 17, 19, 38, 42 and 45, while the Lucky Stars were 9 and 10. Their win netted them a massive £161,653,000.
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SLEEPLESS NIGHT FOR EUROMILLIONS WINNERS CHRIS AND COLIN WEIR
Mrs Weir, who decided to go public with her husband because they feared secrecy would involve lying to some of their relatives, said: “We had enjoyed a normal night in front of the TV watching CSI and so on. “At around midnight I decided it was time to turn in – but I did just quickly check the EuroMillions results on Teletext in our bedroom. “We had bought five Lucky Dips as the jackpot was now so big. I started circling the numbers I had matched but wasn’t doing very well. Then, on the fifth line, all the circles seemed to join up. She added, “I had all of them but couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I checked them three or four times before going back downstairs to find Colin.”
The couple were too excited to sleep, so waited up for the Camelot lottery office to open the following morning. Mrs Weir added: ‘We sat up all night and saw dawn come round the next morning – we were tickled pink. I even had a glass of white wine which is something I normally only do at Christmas”.
At a press conference staged by Camelot at a hotel in Falkirk, the couple told how they first learned of their win of £161,653,000 EuroMillions lottery jackpot. The prize had rolled over 14 times to reach its maximum of 185 million Euros when the EuroMillions draw was carried out on Tuesday night. Chris and Colin Weir are from Largs in North Ayrshire. Colin, 64 at the time, was a former Scottish Television cameraman, and his wife Chris, 56, a retired psychiatric nurse, added that they were planning to take a lot of advice before deciding what to do with their newfound EuroMillions lottery wealth. Mrs Weir said their children Carly, 24, a photography student, and Jamie, 22, a call centre worker, would be bought their own homes and cars thanks to their parents EuroMillions winning numbers.
The Weir's are the biggest EuroMillions winners in the history of the game ahead of Adrian and Gillian Bayford who won £148 million in August 2012.
BEGGING LETTERS SOON ARRIVE
The Weirs lived in a modest £180,000 three-bedroom home in Largs when they hit the EuroMillions lottery jackpot. They visited their local chip shop three times a week and drank Coke and Irn-Bru, but the big win put a champagne lifestyle at their feet. However, things didn't go smoothly at first, as the couple fleed to Spain after receiving letters from hundreds of people begging them for cash once it was known that they were the ones that had matched the EuroMillions results for the huge jackpot.
The couple went into hiding with their children Jamie and Carly. Their postman revealed “The begging letters have already started coming. I delivered a pile of them today. “But there are many more piled up at the sorting office. They are just addressed to ‘The Weirs’ and the manager is deciding whether to deliver them.” Police and officials from Camelot's management team were put on heightened alert to protect the couple from adverse attention.
UP, AND UP AGAIN FOR EUROMILLIONS WINNERS CHRIS AND COLIN WEIR
When Colin and Christine Weir scooped the £161m EuroMillions lottery jackpot they promised to have "so much fun" and were true to their word when plans for upgrades to the mansion they bought for £850,000 were revealed. Plans included a £320,000 greenhouse, a £47,000 semi-circular garden room and a £380,000 pool house at the house in Largs, Ayshire. They later splashed out £3.5million on their dream home after viewing it for just 10 minutes! The EuroMillions lottery winners are now enjoying Frognal, built in 1909 for an Indian tea planter, and its 32-acre estate. The mansion is 25 miles down the coast from their £1million home in Largs.
They even stumped up for the furniture and fittings in a sale believed to be the fifth biggest in Scotland. Sometime later they were sued by their architects after pulling out of a deal to build a £750,000 luxury conservatory, pool house and garden house at their mansion. The suit fell through and they weren’t prosecuted. It is common for lottery winners to spend money on not only one but several houses. April 2004 winner Marion Richardson used some of her £17 million jackpot to buy "several homes".
The EuroMillions lottery winning pair have already given large donations to several causes, including £1m to the SNP's independence campaign. Speaking as they celebrated the anniversary of their win, they said it was a "privilege" to be able to support causes close their hearts. They handed another seven-figure donation to the Scottish independence campaign a year later. The SNP-supporting couple made the substantial donation as the referendum campaign entered its final 200 days.
Yes Scotland also received £1m in a direct donation from the couple. Mr Weir is a lifelong supporter of the SNP and stood as the party’s candidate in Ayr at the 1987 General Election, coming fourth in the poll. Chris and Colin Weird donated a further £2.5m to the Yes Scotland campaign in 2014.
EUROMILLIONS WINNERS CHRIS AND COLIN WEIR'S SPORTING SUPPORT
The couple helped raise funds with their EuroMillions lottery jackpot for local 15-year-old tennis hopeful Ross Wilson to attend a tennis academy in Barcelona and 15-year-old race driver Gregor Ramsay to attend the European and Italian F3 European Abarth.
They have also donated money to help refurbish sports facilities for the National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde and the Largs Thistle Community Club, and helped secure the future of the Waverley, the world's last ocean-going paddle steamer. Mr Weir said "What we've done in the last 12 months is to achieve a balance between enjoying our new life to the full with recognising the real difference we can now make to others' lives.
"We are currently in the process of setting up our charitable trust, which will support individuals, groups and charities across Scotland who are struggling to gain funds from the more traditional or mainstream grant makers. "For us, that seems the best way for us to go on sharing our good luck." Partick Thistle also benefited from the couple’s generosity following their EuroMillions lottery win. The couple have given the Jags £750,000 to establish a new Youth Academy. The Weirs are huge fans of the SPL side, but Jags' chairman, David Beattie insists he did not approach the pair. Colin said “As long-standing fans of Partick Thistle, we were aware of the club's ambitions to create a new youth academy. “What impressed us was that it wouldn't just be for elite players but would also encourage local youngsters into football for the sheer enjoyment and fun of it." He added, "Having seen the club's determination to get this project off the ground, we decided that wanted to help them achieve their dream."
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