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Couple spent £12.4m lottery win making pals millionaires


Nigel and Sharon Mather won £12.4m in 2010

Couple spent £12.4m lottery win making pals millionaires - and are not the first ones

Nigel and Sharon Mather, from Greater Manchester, gifted their prize money to family and friends and are not the first couple to share their new-found wealth with loves ones.


The EuroMillions-winning couple kept their jackpot a secret before splitting it with 30 friends and family, 

The generous couple, from Trafford, Greater Manchester, won the eye-watering prize in 2010.

They had a modest celebration with a Chinese takeaway and three Magners.

They then created a spreadsheet of who they wanted to share their fortune with.

0Sharon told Manchester Evening News: "It wasn’t about showing off. It was about helping the people close to us and not l

 and Sharon Mather also gave hampers to carers last Christmas hitting the ja


Frances and Patrick Connolly decided to give over half of their £115million winnings after celebrating their win with a cup of tea
Frances and Patrick Connolly decided to give over half of their £115million winnings after celebrating their win with a cup of tea.


However, they are not the only lottery winners who have given their prize money away.

Frances and Patrick Connolly decided to give over half of their £115million winnings to 175 people. They celebrated with a cup of tea in their County Down home before giving away £60million to 50 friends and family

Last year, Frances said: "That’s £60million-worth of love. And the thing that makes me even happier is that every single person we gave money to has passed some of it on to other people. I can’t think of a day since winning the Lottery that I haven’t smiled."

The couple did buy themselves a £1.9million five-bedroom home and second-hand car for £2,000.

They also flew Business class to see one of their daughters in New Zealand.

Another lottery winner flushed her winnings down the toilet.

In 2014, Angela Maier reportedly flushed €400,000 (around £303,500 at the time) winnings to stop the cash being used to pay for care home bills for her late husband.

Dave and Angie Dawes gave their friends £1m each after winning £101m

Frances and Patrick Connolly decided to give over half of their £115million winnings to 175 people.

They also flew Business class to see one of their daughters in New Zealand.
Dave and Angie Dawes gave their friends £1m each after winning £101m.

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