There’s a big EuroMillions jackpot. So you buy a few extra tickets. You check them and you’ve got all the numbers. And then you find that you’ve won not just a share in the jackpot bit the whole damned thing. All £161,000,000 of it.
Most people wake up about this time, but not retired couple Colin and Chris Weir from Largs, who are now multi-millionaires.
At a press conference the Weirs described the “normal life” they have been living in a three-bedroom detached house with two cars, a son and a daughter. Their daughter will continue her photography studies, while their son will give up his call centre job.
The couple said that they plan to relax and take their time to decide how they will spend their new fortune, but indicated that they want to set up a charitable trust with some of the cash. Good for them.
On top of helping out the family, they might buy a new car and take a holiday or two. “I would like to go to Australia and see just what’s so spiritual about Ayers rock … also Cambodia and Thailand,” said Colin Weir, who also fancies an executive box at the Nou Camp to watch Barcelona.
But a psychologist has warned that winning a massive jackpot could create problems for the couple.
Professor Paddy O’Donnell said, “When you get £161 million you can’t improve your present life because you are disrupting your present life. You face questions like: should you live in a different part of town or abroad?”
Winning such a large amount can also strain friendships because the dynamic of the relationships shift, said O’Donnell. Dealing with begging letters from friends and charities is likely to be another challenge, as is deciding how to spend or invest the money wisely.
I’m sure there will be major changes to the Weirs’ life. Just by doing nothing they would bring in over £3M a year in interest alone. And yes there may be a few problems along the way
But you know what? I’d be willing to have those sort of problems. And I’m sure millions of others watching the Weirs with envy would too.