Scottish couple won the largest ever Euromillions jackpot

Published: Written by: Rory Renehan

“When we first realised we had won, it felt like a dream. Everything went into slow motion." Chris Wier, 55, fully trained psychiatric nurse and husband Colin, 64, a former television cameraman have just become Europe’s biggest ever lottery winners after claiming the £161m Euromillions jackpot last Tuesday the 12th of July 2011.

The couple’s winning ticket matched all five main numbers, 17, 19, 38, 42 and 45 and both Lucky Stars 9 and 10. Being capped after 11 successive rollovers the jackpot now places the couple from Falkirk at number 430 in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List and propels them past Angela Kelly the former highest Scottish Euromillions winners who won the £35,425,411.80 Euromillions jackpot in August 2007.

Having checked the numbers three or four times the couple sat up all night in disbelief and utter shock waiting for the telephone line run by Camelot to open so they could claim their haul. “We were excited, exhilarated, we couldn't sleep." At the media conference in the Inchyra Grange hotel in Falkirk the Scottish couple spoke about what they are going to do with their winnings and how they will deal with this life changing event. The lucky winners have made immediate plans to travel and are excited about the once unattainable opportunities that have now become a reality. On their list is a visit to the Great Wall of China and Australia along with visiting famous art galleries. They also plan to purchase new cars and homes for both themselves and for their son, Jamie, 22 who works in a local call centre and daughter Carly, 24 who is currently studying photography at university.

“These are all things we thought we would never see." Chris Wier. Before Tuesday's draw, the largest Britsih Euromillions lottery winner was the player who bagged a staggering £113m last October and who chose to remain anonymous, closely followed by Nigel and Justine Page, from Gloucestershire, who won the jackpot prize of £56 m when they played the Euromillions lottery in February 2010. Two other ticket holders from the UK lottery won £1.7m after they successfully matched five numbers and one Lucky Star on Tuesday’s unprecedented draw.

Rory McGrane