It’s share, share, share, say Kirkcaldy EuroMillions winners
FORTUNE favours not only the brave, but the Braveheart. One year after Scots won £161 million on the lottery, a Scotswoman and her husband have scooped £148.6 million in the EuroMillions.
• The prize money won totalled £148,656,000 - the second biggest in the UK
When Gillian Bayford – who is from Kirkcaldy but now lives in England – was asked the
secret to Scottish success, she said: “We have nice short arms and long pockets. And we can just reach that money for the euro ticket, that’s all.”
Husband Adrian had joked that he had not bought a ticket when he tried to tell her they had scooped the jackpot, as she tried to put their children down to sleep. She had told him to keep the noise down.
Mr Bayford, 41, said: “I had been watching the film The Bank Job on TV, while Gillian was out with friends.
“When she got back, we decided to turn over and catch up on the news. Scrolling along the bottom of the screen was the news that one person had won EuroMillions, but Gillian confessed that she hadn’t had time to get a ticket. As a joke, I also said neither had I, when in fact I had five lines upstairs waiting to be checked.
“By now both of our children had woken up, so while Gillian was trying to settle them back to sleep, I went to check the numbers on my phone.
“Gradually, the numbers seemed to match up with those on my ticket, and I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
“I rushed back and turned on the main light, at which point Gillian went ballistic.
“The kids really were awake by now.
“I was trying to tell [Gillian] that we had won the lottery and she was telling me to keep the noise down.”
The lucky couple, from Haverhill, Suffolk, who have a daughter, Aimee, aged six and a four-year-old son, Cameron, scooped the 14-rollover jackpot in
Friday’s EuroMillions draw with the winning numbers 50, 21, 17, 48 and 11, and the Lucky Star numbers 09 and 10.
The prize is just behind the biggest ever, the £161m landed by Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs, in July last year.
Mr Bayford, who co-owns a music shop in Haverhill, and his wife, a children’s ward healthcare assistant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, called relatives to share the good news, having given up on getting the children back to bed.
Mrs Bayford, 40, said: “Everyone was very surprised to hear from us so late at night and thought we were joking at first. It took us a while to make them believe us.
“The children sensed our
ecstatic mood and took full advantage of it,” she admitted. “They finally settled back to sleep in our bed at around 2am. We decided we weren’t going to be needing our bed that night anyway.”
The couple, who have been married for eight years, spent the night on the internet deciding how to spend the money. They plan to start searching for their dream home and indulge a few desires
Mrs Bayford wants to buy a new care: an Audi Q7, her husband would like to visit the
Canadian rockies by train, while the children favour Disney World.
However the couple also want to help others. As Mrs Bayford said: “The win is not just for us, it is for us to share and everyone’s life is going to be so much more enjoyable and stress-free.
“I think if you are a selfish person, it is a lot of money. But if you are willing to share it around and give it to people and let them have the quality of life you are having as well, it is more enjoyable.
“Why can’t a lot of people be happy off somebody’s two pounds?”
They now plan to support children’s charities.
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