When EuroMillions winner Gillian Bayford spent some of her winnings on a fleet of luxury cars, she ended up getting more than she bargained for. This week she announced her engagement to Alan Warnock, the salesman who sold her the vehicles.
Gillian,42, and her then husband, Adrian, 43, won a £148m EuroMillions jackpot in the draw held on 10 August 2012. Their win was the second biggest lottery jackpot win in EuroMillions history.
The win placed the couple 516th in the Sunday Times Rich List. At the time of her massive EuroMillions win Gillian was working nights’ in a hospital as a healthcare assistant, while Adrian ran a music shop. They celebrated becoming multi-millionaires by ordering pizza and vowed their lives would not change.
The couple made many luxury purchases and Gillian, a mother of two, decided she wanted to buy a fleet of luxury cars, so headed to the John Clark Audi Garage in Dundee and that’s where she met the man who is now to become her second husband. The generous EuroMillions lottery winner ordered a total of five cars – three £60,000 Q7 SUVs and two £40,000 Q5s — as presents for her family.
In the months ahead Gillian quit her job and Adrian closed his music shop in Haverhill, Suffolk, after being targeted by people looking for handouts. The couple moved into a £6m mansion in East Anglia. In 2013 though, the EuroMillions winners announced their marriage was over and Adrian, who insisted the couple remained on good terms, moved into a £500,000 house ten minutes away.
Two years later, Bayford describes herself as a “lucky girl” after her new love popped the question. They told family and friends first and then made an announcement on Facebook. Alan, 43, who has now quit his job at the garage, wrote: “Boom. I’ve done it like a proper grown up.” One friend commented: “Gillian ur ring is breath taking.”
The couple currently live together in a £600,000 five-bedroom executive villa near Dundee. Adrian has also found new love and became engaged to stable girl Samantha Burridge, 27, last year.
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