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Euromillions winners from Largs, Scotland, celebrate £161m win


They may not be quite as rich as David and Victoria – but from now on they will be able to spend it like Beckham.


Down-to-earth football fan Colin Weir, 64 and wife Chris, 55, drive a Suzuki and have lived in the same modest home for 18 years.
But now they have been rocketed into the super-rich bracket after scooping Europe’s biggest ever Lottery win – £161,653,000.
The couple didn’t even know they had won as the lottery draw clashed with their favourite TV programme CSI.
But the couple now plan to travel the world, move home and buy a new car. They also want to buy their children their own houses and pay for driving lessons.
Colin wants to go and see his favourite football team Barcelona and may even splash out on a private box.
Retired TV cameraman Colin 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 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.
”We now have so many new opportunities to explore but we won’t rush it. For us, it will be a gradual change with choices to be made.”
Chris told how they won with the final line of five lucky dips on Tuesday night after a quiet night in watching CSI.
Retired psychiatric nurse Chris said: ”At about midnight I decided to it was time to turn in but I did just quickly check the EuroMillions results on Teletext in the bedroom.

”We had bought five lucky dips as the jackpot was 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. 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.
”He knew immediately from my face and tone that something was up.”
The couple, from Largs, North Ayrshire, could not make their claim on the night because the Camelot line was closed but were too excited to sleep and stayed awake all night before watching the sun rise on their new life.
”I even had a glass of white wine,” said Chris, ”which is something I normally only do at Christmas. It is really unbelievable.”
Neighbours described the lotto winners as ”extremely down to earth”.
The couple, who retired from their jobs due to ill-health about three years ago, have lived in their modest four-bedroom home, in Largs for 18 years.
John Cantell, 64, who lives two doors down from the couple, said: ”They have lived here since these houses were built 18 years ago.
”I know them for about 14 years but haven’t spoken to them since the weekend and had no idea they won the money. I am stunned.
”They are quite quiet and don’t often come out of their house. They are extremely down to earth. I think it is great that they have won the money.
”I don’t think they will go over-the-top with the money. I think they will be quite conservative.”
The Weirs lost an estimated £20,000 in interest because they didn’t claim their staggering windfall until Thursday, but that shouldn’t make too much of a dent in their winnings.
After all, they will earn a whopping #5m in interest every year without doing anything.
They are now richer than Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (£150m), musician Phil
Collins (£115m) superstar David Bowie (£100m) and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (£95m).
The couple have more than TRIPLE the wealth of Oasis brothers Noel and Liam
Gallagher (£55m) and pint sized singing superstar, Kylie Minogue (£40m).
But they fall just behind the Beckhams, who are worth £165m.
Colin and his wife are now the 22nd richest people in Scotland and are ranked 430 on the Sunday Times Richlist, behind property tycoon Brian Scowcroft and Janet Lefton.
The couple have played Euromillions since it started in 2004.
They bought their the winning lucky dip tickets at McColls on Moorburn Road, Largs. The winning numbers 17, 19, 38, 42 and 45, and the Lucky Star numbers were 9 and 10.

They have two grown-up children, Carly, 24, and Jamie, 22. Carly studies photography at college and Jamie works in a call centre.
The couple plan to go travelling as well as move house and buy a new car.
They also plan to buy their children their own houses and pay for driving lessons. Colin wants to go and see his favourite football team Barcelona.
Chris added: ”For Colin, holidays have never really appealed, with travelling being such a hassle for him – but First Class could definitely persuade him.

”We have both always wanted to see the Great Wall of China and Colin would love to stand at the foot of Ayres Rock in Australia.
”We also love art galleries so this gives us the chance to visit those in Paris and in Russia. These are all things we thought we would never see.
”The kids are very down to earth and we are confident they will remain level-headed. They have some great friends who we know will give them lots of support and of course they have a fantastic chance in life now to follow their dreams and do whatever they want.”
The Weir now top the Lottery’s all-time winners’ list, ahead of an anonymous player who scooped £113,019,926 in October 2010 and another un-named winner who claimed £84,451,320.60 last May.
The previous biggest UK lottery winners to go public are Nigel Page, 43 and Justine Laycock, 41 from Cirencester, Gloucester, who pocketed £56m last February.
They join the 70 other Scots who made it into the Sunday Times top 1,000 richest people.
The couple now displace former postal worker Angela Kelly from East Kilbride as Scotland’s biggest winner.
She scooped a EuroMillions jackpot of£35,425,411.80 in August 2007.
Friday’s Euromillions is now estimated at £13million and Sat Lotto £6.1million.

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