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UK winners of £149m turn to future

2012-08-14 17:01

London - A British couple who scooped a record £149m (€190m) in the EuroMillions lottery said on Tuesday that they would carry on running their music shop and try to give their children a normal upbringing.

Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk in eastern England, were the sole winners of the £149m jackpot in Friday's draw.

The euro conversion rate means that while the prize is a record in euros, it is worth slightly less in pounds than the £161m won by a Scottish couple in the EuroMillions in July last year.

Revealing their identities at a press conference on Tuesday, the Bayfords said they intended to lavish some of their winnings on friends and family who had supported them in their early years of marriage.

Gillian Bayford, a 40-year-old health care assistant at a hospital, said she had worried last week that they might run out of money before her next pay cheque.

"We bought [the ticket] because we needed money," she said. "Everybody struggles in this recession and this month has been an extremely tight month, to be honest."

She added: "We were struggling."

Gillian said she also plans to buy an Audi Q7 sportscar, while her husband is lining up a train journey to the Canadian Rockies and their two young children want to visit Disney World.

Adrian Bayford, aged 41, said he would use some of the money to build up his music shop business - and insisted he would be back behind the counter this week.

"The money's going to help a hell of a lot," he said.

Comments
  • james.weather.50 - 2012-08-14 17:46

    lucky you !!!

  • blue.spheric - 2012-08-14 18:07

    At the risk of sounding like a sourp%*$$...dont you think there would be more tickets bought if the jackpots were equalised more??? I know I would buy many more Lotto tickets if I knew that instead of there being one R50M winner - there is going to be 50 x R1M winners!!

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