Could it be you? Lucky UK ticket holder wins £171 million with EuroMillions jackpot

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Joe and Jess Thwaite scooped a huge £184m jackpot last month which is now the second biggest lottery win.

An anonymous ticket holder held the previous record, taking £170million into the bank in October 2019 – one of only 14 players ever to win a jackpot in excess of £100million.

UK Lottery winners have the option of revealing their identity or remaining anonymous.

From the UK National Lottery’s rich list, only three of the ten shortlisted winners have previously chosen to reveal themselves.

May 2022: Joe and Jess Thwaite

Jackpot: £184m

Mr and Mrs Thwaite celebrate by popping a bottle of champagne after being revealed as the grand prize winners this morning.

Jo and Jess Thwaite, a couple in their 40s from outside Gloucester, won the £184,262,899 jackpot on May 10 with a lucky dip ticket.

The lucky couple, who have been married for 11 years, said they wanted to go public at the hotel in Cheltenham because they didn’t want to put the ‘burden’ of keeping a secret on others.

Joe is a communications sales engineer, while Jess manages the business side of a hairdressing salon she runs with her mother Caroline and sister Rebecca in the riverside town of Tewkesbury.

They have eight-year-old twin daughters together, while Mr Thwaite has two grown-up children from a previous marriage currently at university.

The couple said they would share the win with extended family, with Mr Thwaite’s ex-wife saying she was ‘over the moon’ for them.

Until recently the couple lived in the smart four-bedroom home where their priority was ‘DIY’ work around the property, but admitted their two children ‘always talked about going to Hawaii’.

January 2019: Patrick and Frances Conley

Jackpot: £115m

EuroMillions lottery winners Frances and Patrick Connolly pose during a photocall at the Culloden Hotel near Belfast on January 4, 2019

Former social worker and teacher Frances Connolly and her husband Patrick won nearly £115 million on New Year’s Day 2019.

He has already given away £60million to charity, as well as sharing his winnings with his friends and family, saying he is addicted to helping others.

Mrs Connolly, 55, from Northern Ireland, has already fasted the charity budget she agreed with husband Paddy for this year – and given what they would have donated until 2032.

He said helping others, whether with money or volunteering his time, lifted people’s spirits during the lockdown.

The lottery winner has set up two charitable foundations, one in his native Northern Ireland in the name of his late mother Kathleen Graham and the PFC Trust in Hartlepool, where the couple have lived for 30 years.

The couple, who have three daughters – Katrina and twins Fiona and Natalie – are not extravagant with their wealth and Mrs Connolly has no intention of buying a yacht.

Their biggest expense after their win was a six-bedroom house with seven acres of land in County Durham, while Mr Connolly drove a second-hand Aston Martin, but Mrs Connolly scoffed at the idea of ​​spending £13,000 on a console table.

When he saw a TV show where someone in Monaco spent £25,000 on a bottle of champagne, he immediately thought it could put a young man on the property ladder.

August 2012: Adrian and Gillian Bayford

Jackpot: £148m

Adrian Bayford and then wife Gillian, from Haverhill, Suffolk, were pictured in August 2021 after announcing they had just won the £148million jackpot.

In August 2012, Mr and Mrs Bayford won €190m in a EuroMillions draw, amounting to just over £148m.

The couple used their winnings to buy a Grade-II listed estate in Cambridgeshire, complete with cinema and billiards room.

But their marriage ended within a year and Jillian took half of her winnings and returned to Scotland, where she set up a property company.

She has since remarried and has a third child with her second husband.

Bayford remains at the Grade 2 listed property but after a series of relationships failed she put it up for sale and moved north to be closer to her children.

July 2011: Colin and Chris Weir

Jackpot: £161.6m

Chris and Colin Weir, who have since divorced, celebrated in July 2011 after winning the £161.6 million jackpot – then a record lottery haul.

Colin and Chris Weir, from North Ayrshire, won the £161.6m jackpot in July 2011 – the then record for a lottery draw.

Eight years after winning the jackpot, Mr Weir sadly passed away in 2019 aged 71.

Mr and Mrs Weir, 62, were granted a divorce in the summer after 38 years of marriage. It is understood that they had been separated for about a year before her death.

They had two children together, Carly and Jamie.

Mr Weir was known for his support of the SNP and his love of Partick Thistle Football Club.

He acquired a majority stake in the Glasgow club in a seven-figure deal – and promised a 55 per cent shareholding to a fan group.

Mr Weir helped the Jags set up the Thistle Weir Youth Academy and part of the club’s Firhill Stadium was named the Colin Weir Stand in his honour.

A former STV cameraman, he donated to a community football club in his home town of Largs after setting up the Weir Charitable Trust with his wife in 2013.

They were both forced to quit work early and cared for each other through years of illness before becoming Scotland’s 22nd richest man after winning £161,653,000.

Overnight, they entered the Sunday Times Rich List above Beatle Ringo Starr and singer Sir Tom Jones but decided to eschew the luxury lifestyle and go on holiday in Brighton.

One of the first items Mr Weir bought after winning the surprise jackpot was a checked sports jacket worn by Scotssport legend Arthur Montford.

The couple bought several houses with their son Jamie, who was working in a call center, and daughter Carly, who was studying photography. They also bought houses for their close friends.

Soon after the life-changing windfall, they moved from their own three-bedroom home to Knock House – a mansion set in 23 acres of gardens and hillside woods above Largs, complete with cinema, pool and stables.

They bought it for £850,000 before selling it to an overseas trust in 2016 in a deal worth £1.4m.

They swapped their humble Suzuki for a fleet of £160,000 cars for the couple, their family and friends.

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