EuroMillions Winner Spent £100,000 per Week before Death


It took just 10 minutes for Colin Weir to scoop up his mansion worth £3.5 million and the winner burnt through a significant part of his prize before his tragic death.

Back in 2011, Mr. Weir and his wife Christine had become the biggest lottery winner in Scotland when they landed a £161 million prize in the EuroMillions lottery.

The purchase

The lucky winner passed away at the age of 71 in December 2019 because of an acute kidney injury and sepsis.

He and his wife Christine had gotten a divorce before his death, but he had signed over the ownership of the Frognal House worth located near Troon, worth £3.5 million, to her.

The couple had reportedly taken 10 minutes to buy the mansion, with all of its furniture and fittings. According to new documents, the winner had been spending £100,000 a week.

He spent this amount every week, so by the time of his death, Mr. Weir had already spent about £40 million of his winnings in just a period of eight years.

A financial expert said that it requires some effort to spend £40 million in such a short time span.

The spending

Before he won the huge prize, Mr. Weir had been employed at STV, the Scottish broadcaster, as a cameraman. His wife at the time had been working as a psychiatric nurse.

Once he landed the jackpot, he spent the money on cars and also invested it into Patrick Thistle, the football club he favored.

He had two kids with his wife, 30-year old son Jamie and 32-year old daughter Carly. He passed on the money to his kids and also shared his fortune with charitable trusts and friends.

There were four luxury cars in his garage, which included a four-year-old Mercedes Benz E Class Estate worth £24,000, a 2019 Mercedes Benz V Class worth £35,000, three-year-old Jaguar F-Pace SUV worth £28,250 and a vintage Bentley Arnage valued at £10,000.

Other details

A month before his death, Weir had bought a stake of 55% in Patrick Thistle for donating the club to its fans and making the local community responsible for its future.

He was living in Ayr in a seafront home with five bedrooms worth £1.1 million at the time of his death. He had bought the property after his divorce in June 2018.

According to papers, the National Savings and Investment Premium Bonds had the maximum £50,000 in his name and there was £37.08 in credit where his council tax is concerned.

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