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EuroMillions £161 million lottery jackpot winner Colin Weir dies aged 71

Dec 29, 2019, 8:02 pm

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Colin Weir, winner of the £161 million EuroMillions jackpot in what was Europe's biggest lottery prize, has died at the age of 71 after a short illness. At the time, the jackpot was worth $260.5 million in US dollars.

Weir and his then wife, Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, claimed the entire EuroMillions jackpot — £161,653,000 — in the summer of 2011.

A spokeswoman for Weir's lawyers said, "It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Colin Weir early today after a short illness. We would ask for privacy for his family and friends at this distressing time. No further comment will be made other than to offer sincere thanks to the staff of University hospital Ayr for their care and compassion."

The couple used some of the money they won to set up the Weir Charitable Trust in 2013 and made a donation to a community football club in Largs. They also invested in Partick Thistle football club, which led to the team's youth setup being rebranded the Thistle Weir youth academy. A section of their Firhill stadium was also named the Colin Weir stand.

Weir secured a majority shareholding at the club in November and promised to give his 55% stake directly to a fans' group by March 2020.

A minute's applause will be held at the Partick Thistle game on Saturday to commemorate Weir's death. Players will also wear black armbands during the fixture against Greenock Morton.

Partick Thistle FC tweeted, "It is with deep sadness that we confirm that lifelong Jags fan Colin Weir passed away earlier today.

"On behalf of everyone at Partick Thistle, our love, thoughts and prayers are with the family and close friends of Colin at this most difficult time."

The Weirs also donated to the Scottish independence campaign before the 2014 referendum, and gave money to the Scottish National party after the vote was lost.

Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she was incredibly sad to hear of Weir's death.

"Colin's determination and generosity in the cause of Scottish independence cannot be overstated and was hugely appreciated," Sturgeon said. "The SNP and the independence movement has lost a true friend today and we will miss him dearly."

Mike Russell, the Scottish government's cabinet secretary for government business and constitutional relations, tweeted, "Sad to see this — remember him very kindly, both of us contesting seats in 1987, working on PPBs for the SNP when I was VC publicity and his great generosity after his win."

When the couple won the money, Weir said, "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."

The jackpot was capped at €185 million (£158.1 million) after a series of rollovers made it the largest ever in Europe.

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Colin Weir, winner of the £161 million EuroMillions jackpot in what was Europe's biggest lottery prize, has died at the age of 71 after a short illness. At the time, the jackpot was worth $260.5 million in US dollars.

Weir and his then wife, Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, claimed the entire EuroMillions jackpot — £161,653,000 — in the summer of 2011.

A spokeswoman for Weir's lawyers said, "It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Colin Weir early today after a short illness. We would ask for privacy for his family and friends at this distressing time. No further comment will be made other than to offer sincere thanks to the staff of University hospital Ayr for their care and compassion."

The couple used some of the money they won to set up the Weir Charitable Trust in 2013 and made a donation to a community football club in Largs. They also invested in Partick Thistle football club, which led to the team's youth setup being rebranded the Thistle Weir youth academy. A section of their Firhill stadium was also named the Colin Weir stand.

Weir secured a majority shareholding at the club in November and promised to give his 55% stake directly to a fans' group by March 2020.

A minute's applause will be held at the Partick Thistle game on Saturday to commemorate Weir's death. Players will also wear black armbands during the fixture against Greenock Morton.

Partick Thistle FC tweeted, "It is with deep sadness that we confirm that lifelong Jags fan Colin Weir passed away earlier today.

"On behalf of everyone at Partick Thistle, our love, thoughts and prayers are with the family and close friends of Colin at this most difficult time."

The Weirs also donated to the Scottish independence campaign before the 2014 referendum, and gave money to the Scottish National party after the vote was lost.

Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she was incredibly sad to hear of Weir's death.

"Colin's determination and generosity in the cause of Scottish independence cannot be overstated and was hugely appreciated," Sturgeon said. "The SNP and the independence movement has lost a true friend today and we will miss him dearly."

Mike Russell, the Scottish government's cabinet secretary for government business and constitutional relations, tweeted, "Sad to see this — remember him very kindly, both of us contesting seats in 1987, working on PPBs for the SNP when I was VC publicity and his great generosity after his win."

When the couple won the money, Weir said, "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."

The jackpot was capped at €185 million (£158.1 million) after a series of rollovers made it the largest ever in Europe.

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Thanks to dannyct for the tip.

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    Prayers to the Family.🙏🏼

    thoughts and prayer for this family cause i know how y'all feel/if this money could have save his life it really don"t matter at this point but know god is with y'all praysSad but his winning is what he had wanted i wish the same for my family one that when am gone they will be living back here on earth in peace to never wanting/for nothingYes Nodknow that he is at peace

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      One aspect of going public that people don't consider, is that once indentified, your are a public person. From then on, the media will report your activities. Also, whenever there is a lottery jackpot in the news, the media will reprint your story. You will not have any say, or control over this. Maintaining anonymity is the way to go.

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        A short illness took Colin Weir. The Weir's must have had the best of medical care. I am relieved that he did not suffer.

         The Weirs were responsible and generous with their winnings. They enjoyed their new life with the family.

         

           Wives take note that it is usually the husband that passes on before you do.

         "We are all in this together!" 

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          One aspect of going public that people don't consider, is that once indentified, your are a public person. From then on, the media will report your activities. Also, whenever there is a lottery jackpot in the news, the media will reprint your story. You will not have any say, or control over this. Maintaining anonymity is the way to go.

          Rich or poor ,opinions are what they are. Being rich doesn't immune you nor being poor. It's the same. 

           

          I'm glad he gave to HIS fans and community. 

          My sympathy for his wife ,kin,and friends. 

           

          Hogwash to anonymity.  Be proudly humble..

          Count your smiles.

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            Rich or poor ,opinions are what they are. Being rich doesn't immune you nor being poor. It's the same. 

             

            I'm glad he gave to HIS fans and community. 

            My sympathy for his wife ,kin,and friends. 

             

            Hogwash to anonymity.  Be proudly humble..

            to each his/her own,

            but I'd wonder if you would be so willing to have your mug shot/life pasted all over social media

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              Northern Beaches
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              Rich or poor ,opinions are what they are. Being rich doesn't immune you nor being poor. It's the same. 

               

              I'm glad he gave to HIS fans and community. 

              My sympathy for his wife ,kin,and friends. 

               

              Hogwash to anonymity.  Be proudly humble..

              I can't see anything positive about going public, but there are several potentially negative consequences to going public. People might like to media attention, until they get it. Remember, once you go public, you can't change your mind. You will have no say or control over how often your story is reprinted, years into the future.

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                to each his/her own,

                but I'd wonder if you would be so willing to have your mug shot/life pasted all over social media

                A good laugh with Herman Munster lightens the sad times.  Thanks, hearsetrax!

                 "We are all in this together!" 

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                  recently I've read that the couple had divorced and now this... Thinking of...... another evidence that jackpot winning does not indeed guarantee a healthy, happy long life

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                    Prayers for the family.

                    Congrats to Dylan Larkin #71, Red Wings new Captain . Cheers