Chris and Colin Weir’s lives changed forever on Tuesday night, when the couple’s lottery ticket matched all the winning numbers in that night’s Euromillions lottery draw.
After a series of roll-overs the jackpot had accumulated to an eye-watering £161 million, the largest lottery win ever paid out in the UK. The couple had just become the 21st richest in Scotland.
The Weirs, who live in Largs in Ayrshire, had both had several serious health conditions in recent years and had been unable to work. Colin was formerly a TV cameraman and studio manager before suffering a leg injury and rheumatoid arthritis. Chris worked in nursing for 37 years before being forced to resign due to poor health.
The couple said that they hoped that their new found riches would not change them, but that now they intended to enjoy life to the full. They plan to travel around the world in style and to buy houses for their adult children.
Speaking to reporters as he and his wife collected their winning cheque, Mr Weir said: “When we first realised we had won, it felt like a dream. Everything went into slow motion. But it feels like a good thing; something we should not to be afraid of but for us to enjoy with the children.
“All our lives we have lived within our means and been comfortable. We appreciate that this money brings about a whole new life for us and our family.”
The Euromillions lottery is played in nine countries in western Europe: Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.