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EuroMillions Winners Flee the UK

EuroMillions Winners Flee the UK
Updated: Monday 20th July 2015

The winners of the recent record-breaking £161 million EuroMillions jackpot are reported to have fled the UK – possibly for Spain – after being inundated with begging letters. Colin and Christine Weir chose to go public about their win and at the time they seemed to enjoy celebrating in the limelight, but now the winners are discovering that publicity has its potential down sides as well as its benefits. No doubt the couple thought that going public would allow them to experience an initial explosion of public interest and then move on, and perhaps one day it will, but not yet.

The problem the Weirs faced was that if they had said no to publicity then newspapers all over the world would have worked extremely hard to identify the record-breaking winners, possibly even offering a reward to anyone who knew about the win and was willing to blow the trumpet. By going public, the Weirs avoided that kind of journalistic stalking, but at the same time they made it easy for people to send them begging letters – and that’s exactly what many people did.

Whilst all lottery players dream of winning a fortune and perhaps embracing the fame that can go along with it, any seasoned celebrity would be happy to admit that fame and fortune also have their downsides. Receiving letters begging for financial assistance is one of those downsides, and both Colin and Christine will need to try and develop a thick skin if they are to enjoy their new-found wealth fully, as they have every right to.

We hope that spending some time outside the UK will allow the Weirs to start having fun with their cash in relative anonymity, and that when they eventually return they will put some kind of system in place to filter out the begging letters which really can cause a great deal of emotional distress. The good news is that the majority of big lottery winners do eventually adjust to their new lifestyle and, if it is any consolation to Colin and Christine, things do tend to get easier over time.

Of course, many of us who haven’t yet won a lottery jackpot would be more than happy to swap places with the Weirs. We can’t do that, but we can play for a £13 million EuroMillions jackpot of our own this Friday 22 July and for a £4.2 million Lotto jackpot on Saturday. Play both games online today and good luck!

Written by Ian Bruce

Published: Thursday 21st July 2011

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