Upgrading to multi-million dollar homes, investing in football clubs, and establishing a family trust – these were all things that two Scots Christine and Colin Weir put some of their winnings into. The couple, who won £161.6 million, bought and renovated a number of properties as well as investing in Partick Thistle, a Glasgow-based FC.
Additionally, they engaged in some philanthropy, funding small Scottish community groups and charities. Not to mention their donations to politics, in particular the Scottish National Party. Talk about busy bees! But sadly, the pair announced their decision to divorce, just eight years after their astounding win.
Hugh and Isobel Lundy (£800,000)
You know what sounds like a plan? Booking a luxury ride along Route 66 in America, in style! The couple, who’d previously only ever won the grand total of 10 pounds, were astounded when they found they’d won £800,000. Winning the Postcode lottery was something of an early anniversary gift, with the pair just about to celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary!
Their one comment was that “we missed bowling today to come to this but, I’m glad we did.” We’re sure they’ll have a good story for their bowling teammates, and maybe they’ll buy them a drink to say sorry!
Anonymous (€163.5 Million)
The SuperEnalotto in 2016 was Italy’s biggest lottery ever for just one grand prize winner! The southern Italian winner smartly decided to remain anonymous after correctly selecting all 6 winning numbers! The jackpot? A staggering €163.5 million.
The winner also matched the SuperStar, which gave them an additional cool €2 million. The majority of financial advisors say that keeping a low profile and not announcing your win is the best way to enjoying your newfound financial freedom safely. Living in Italy is a pipe dream for many - so this winner is already halfway there!
Anonymous Couple from Indiana ($271M )
Indiana saw the largest ever prize won by a single ticket holder in the Mega Millions industry! An anonymous couple with two kids won the jackpot, going with the cash option of $378 million - which amounted to a whopping $271 million after taxes!
The humbled couple said that whilst this amount of money would be life-changing, they wanted to “maintain a sense of normalcy” for their elementary-school-age children. The best part of this story is that when the couple realized they’d won, they restarted their computer, as they were in disbelief about actually winning!
Anonymous (€209.1 Million)
Ah anonymity, it’s a necessity for any big lottery winner, just like our Italian winner who bought their ticket in Lodi, Lombardy. The prize pool of 209.1 million euros was the largest jackpot paid out by any lottery in the whole of Europe and even bigger as it went to just one individual.
The SuperEnalotto had a previous record of 177.7 million euros, which was divvied up between 70 Milanese players. So goodness, imagine how it would feel to win over 200 million euros! That’s the equivalent of $236 million US!