On Tuesday Colin and Christine Weir of Largs, Ayrshire realised they’d won the £161,000,000 Euro Millions lottery.
Having matched odds of 116 million to one, this ordinary couple were immediately catapulted into a league of extraordinary wealth that puts them ahead of The Marquess of Bath and alongside David and Victoria Beckham in any rich list.
Colin and Christine Weir accept a cheque for £161,653,000
The Weirs, who are both retired, are described as living in a modest three bedroom detached house but also own several rental properties nearby. They both drive Suzuki cars and their only hobby is said to be “takeaways” from the local fish and chip shop three times a week. Even with this newfound fortune, the pair don’t have any desire to leave their “nice wee hoose” or change their cars (though Mrs Weir “might” get a new Lexus).
Now earning £14,000 a day in interest, this unassuming couple surprisingly chose to opt for the win to be publicised claiming that they didn’t want to lie to their relatives. As a result, Mr & Mrs Weir’s relatives have already been interviewed in The Sun, begging letters are flooding in at the local sorting office and police are patrolling the cul-de-sac where they live. Consequently, today's papers report that they've fled to Spain.
One neighbour, David Simpson, commented: “It's hard to imagine they'll be able to stay here now everyone knows... They will be pestered to death. No one would have known if they'd kept it quiet. Why let the cat out of the bag?”
Like their fellow Scot, Susan Boyle, who dreamed a dream of stardom, this ordinary couple plainly deserve to enjoy all that their win can deliver them. One can only hope that they’re left in peace once their moment in the limelight has passed.