AFTER Gillian and Adrian Bayford scooped a staggering £148m on the EuroMillions lottery on Friday, we look back at the top 10 British lottery wins
SCOTTISH mum Gillian Bayford and her husband Adrian have been catapulted to number two on the National Lottery rich list thanks to their staggering £148 million EuroMillions win.
They sit just behind Ayrshire couple Colin and Chris Weir who scooped over £161m in the same lottery last year.
Here are the official top 10 biggest winners since the lottery began.
1. Colin and Chris Weir: £161,653,000
The Scottish husband and wife, from Largs in Ayrshire, said they were “tickled pink” after becoming Europe’s biggest Lottery winners in July last year.
Married for 30 years and with two children, the life-changing £161 million prize catapulted them into the Sunday Times Rich List above Beatle Ringo Starr and Sir Tom Jones.
Psychiatric nurse Mrs Weir, 55, and Mr Weir, 64, who worked as a TV cameraman and studio manager for 23 years, have reportedly bought a fleet of cars for friends since their win as well as a mansion.
2. Adrian and Gillian Bayford: £148,656,000
Children’s nurse Gillian, 40, and record seller Adrian, 41, from Haverhill, Suffolk, plan to fork out on a luxury trip to Disney World, while an Audi Q7 is also at the top of their wishlist. Adrian announced plans to fulfil his lifelong dream of visiting Canadian Rockies.
Adrian joked to his wife that he had not bought any tickets, before she told him to be quiet as she was trying to get their children to sleep as he celebrated the win.
3. Anonymous: £113,019,926
One British ticket scooped the massive prize on October 2010 but decided not to go public.
4. Dave and Angela Dawes: £101,203,600
Dave Dawes, 47, a shift supervisor for Premier Foods, and Angela Dawes, 43, a volunteer for the British Heart Foundation, hit the EuroMillions jackpot in October last year.
It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the Lottery.
5. Anonymous: £84,451,320
The haul was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity secret.
6. Nigel Page: £56,008,113
Self-confessed white van man Nigel Page, 43, scooped a cool £56 million in February 2010.
The skydiving enthusiast, who lived in a three-bedroom semi near Cirencester, Wiltshire, married his girlfriend Justine, 42, and moved into a mansion in the Cotswolds.
It was reported that he paid ex-wife Wendy, 43, £2 million after she made a legal claim for £8 million. The pair had separated 10 years before his bumper win.
7. Anonymous: £46,432,285
One British ticket scooped the massive prize in February this year but decided not to go public.
8. Les and Sam Scadding: £45,570,835
Unemployed mechanic Les Scadding, 58, and his wife Samantha Peachey-Scadding, 38, from Caerleon, South Wales, bought one of two winning tickets which shared a £90 million jackpot in November 2009.
Grandfather Mr Scadding was £68 overdrawn on his bank account on the day he bought his lucky ticket and had also beaten testicular cancer.
The other £45 million-winning EuroMillions ticket was bought by a syndicate of seven office workers based in Merseyside.
The winners – dubbed the Magnificent Seven – were employed by Hewlett Packard to carry out IT work at a BT office in Liverpool.
John Walsh, 57, James Bennett, 28, Sean Connor, 32, Alex Parry, 19, Emma Cartwright, 23, Ceri Scullion, 35, and Donna Rhodes, 39, each banked £6.5 million.
9. Cassey Carrington: £45,160,170
Ms Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked the staggering total after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February this year.
The Iceland store supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, in September following the Lucky Dip win. They became the second couple from the county to bank the jackpot in less than a month.
10. Gareth and Catherine Bull: £40,627,241
Mansfield husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull scooped the bumper prize in January this year – less than three weeks before fellow Nottinghamshire resident Cassey Carrington won £45 million.
Mr Bull, 40, a self-employed builder, said he planned to splash out on an executive box at Manchester United and a new carpet. His wife, 35, said she might go back to her job as a health insurance worker.
The couple also said they planned to take their two sons, aged nine and 10, to Disneyland, Florida.