THE sister of the Glebe woman who scooped £115million in the Euromillions, says “it couldn’t have happened to nicer people.”
Anne Floyd (51) said she couldn’t believe it herself when she heard that sister Frances Connolly and her partner Patrick had hit the jackpot.
After opting for a Lucky Dip on New Year’s Day, the couple landed the mammoth £114,969,775 in the first EuroMillons draw of the year.
“It hasn’t sunk in, not yet,” sister Anne, who lives in Castlederg, admitted. “It’s surreal – a dream come true.
“It couldn’t have happened to nicer people.”
Anne further admitted that during conversations when the family had been talking about winning the lotto, they always committed to “sorting each other out.”
Frances (52) and Patrick (54) who now live in Moira are the fourth biggest UK winners, and the biggest from the North. Following the win they vowed to use their windfall to “really make a difference for our family and friends”.
The money is a secondary thing for Frances,” Anne continued.
“She was happy before she won the money. But this is just fabulous and great – she’ll be able to do the things she always wanted to do.
“The (lotto-win) conversation was one we’d already had. That if anyone in the family won it, we’d always sort each other out. I know that Frances is going to give a lot of the money away but that’s just the kind of person she is.
“I don’t think it’ll change her life. It won’t change my life; I went to bingo on Sunday night. I enjoy it, so that’s what I was going to do.”
She added, “I told her I hope you have the health to enjoy it. I would say I was more shocked than Frances because she doesn’t really get excited. She’s so level-headed. What she says and what you see, that’s her.”
For her part, the former Glebe woman revealed that the couple bought the ticket at the last minute.
“We do the National Lottery online, via direct debit, so never really bother
checking it,” Frances said following the win.
“We’d do the EuroMillions if it’s a big roll-over or something.
“We were going to go and get the ticket on New Year’s Eve, but I forgot. So on New Year’s morning, we were sitting at the breakfast table and I said we were going to get a ticket.
“For some reason, I said to Paddy, ‘Have you got it yet?’”
She added, “This is a massive sum of money and we want it to have a huge impact on the lives of other people we know and love as well as on our future too.
“This win gives us the chance to really make a difference for our family and friends.
“I always hoped we would win the lottery one day, but when we did, it would be just our luck that lots of others would win on the same day with the same numbers too – never in my wildest dreams did I think we would ever win almost £115million.”