British EuroMillions winner of 180 million ‘addicted to donate money’ | abroad
Frances Connolly (55) and her husband Patrick of Hartlepool, northern England, won £115 million (about €180 million) in 2019 with EuroMillions. They agreed on a budget to give to charities each year, but Francis says he “already spent it until 2032”. Connolly estimates she has already made £60m – more than half of her earnings. “But I don’t follow it,” she jokes, “because I’d worry if my husband saw her.”
“Helping others gives you a thrill, it is addictive,” said the social worker and former teacher. She has since founded two charities: one named after her late mother Kathleen Graham in her native Northern Ireland, and PFC . trustShe is a foundation that supports young local caregivers, the elderly and refugees in her hometown.
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shiver in luxury
The Connolly family bought themselves a six-bedroom, seven-acre home after winning it in Durham, but Mr. Connolly still drives a used Aston Martin. However, the idea that they would spend money on luxury yachts makes Frances Connelly shiver: “When I read that someone had spent £25,000 on a bottle of champagne, I immediately thought that with that money they could have helped a young man buy a house.”
“Why am I so happy to donate so much? Why shouldn’t I? I’ve done it all my life. Earning a huge amount of money can change someone’s life, but it doesn’t change your personality. Do I have any advice for someone who also wins the lottery? Money frees you to be the person you want.”
“Pop culture enthusiast. Unable to type with boxing gloves on. Analyst. Student. Explorer.”