Savvy couple who won £115m on Euromillions jackpot still search for bargains
The savvy couple that won a massive £115m Euromillions jackpot still continue their thrifty lifestyle by hunting for bargains, as they claim that the biggest purchase they have made so far costs only £60,000.
Savvy couple Patrick and Frances Connolly, from Armagh, had their dreams come true when they became the fourth biggest lottery winners in history, taking home a whopping sum of £115m on New Year's Day in 2019.
However, they decided against splurging the funds, like many other lottery winners before them have done. Instead, they donated a generous £60million of it to charity and families in need.
Nearly two years after their life-changing day, the couple have continued their frugal lifestyle. So far, their biggest purchase has been a brand-new £60,000 electric Jaguar for 54-year-old Francis.
Retired teacher Francis told the Times : "When we won the lottery I said I wanted a second-hand car, and I really did. This year I changed that and I got an electric Jag for £60,000.
"It had to be new because there really aren’t any that are second-hand, but I’ll keep this and hope to God there will be a second-hand Jag by the time I’m finished with this one.
Frances also described her love for a good bargain, as she spoke of how she still checks her bank account regularly to see what she's paying for gas and electricity.
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She added: "I’ve got a big jar with coppers and coins in it, it’s a whisky bottle, my dad gave it to me years ago. Every time it gets full, it goes to charity."
The couple have also used their winnings to make the world a better place by investing a million pounds in the prototype for a new machine that would be placed in people’s homes and will identify different materials before separating them.
However, Frances stressed that their best investment was charity, with the pair setting up two trusts: the Kathleen Graham Trust and the PFC Trust.
During the pandemic, the couple provided PPE to frontline workers – and also donated computers and tablets for kids taking lessons online during the lockdown.
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