U.K.’s lottery winner burns through nearly US$50 million by spending US$131,000 a week before death

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By Peter Aiken, Fox News

29th January 2023 – (North Ayshire) The winner of one of the largest EuroMIllions jackpots burned through most of his winnings before his death in 2019, new documents revealed. 

Colin Weir from North Ayrshire, Scotland, won a record-breaking £161 million (roughly $257.6 million) in 2011, which still ranks as one of the largest jackpots handed out by the European lottery competition. Weir died in 2019 at the age of 71 from sepsis and “acute kidney injury,” but he had blown through most of his fortune by the time of his passing. 

Weir’s initial £161 million winning, cut in half by his divorce to some £66 million (roughly $81 million) at the time, shrunk by a further £40 million (roughly $50 million) before his death, with the rest of his winnings going to his two children following a £1 million blowout for his family following his death. 

One financial expert said Weir’s level of spending in eight years “takes a bit of doing,” according to Edinburgh Live. 

Weir ended up spending an average of £100,000 (roughly $131,900 during that time) per week on luxury items and investments.

Colin Weir and his wife Christine pose during a photocall in Falkirk, Scotland, after winning a record EuroMillions jackpot on July 15, 2011.
Colin Weir and his wife Christine posed during a photocall in Falkirk, Scotland, after winning a record EuroMillions jackpot on 15th July, 2011. (Wattie Cheung/AFP via Getty Images)

Weir and his wife Christine bought a £3.5million (roughly $5.75 million) mansion called Frognal House and spent thousands renovating the property. 

The fortune took a big hit when the couple split in 2018, but Weir had made a number of investments across the last eight years of his life, most notably purchasing a 55% share in Glasgow soccer team Partick Thistle, investing in thoroughbred racehorses and establishing the Weir Charitable Trust, according to the Independent. 

Largs in Ayrshire, Scotland, the hometown of Colin and Christine Weir.
Largs in Ayrshire, Scotland, the hometown of Colin and Christine Weir. (Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)

He ended up handing over his ownership of the soccer team to a supporter’s group, making it a majority fan-owned team. He had initially used his winnings to wipe out the team’s debt in 2015 and funded the team’s youth academy, according to the Daily Record.

Weir also donated to the Scottish National Party (SNP)’s failed 2014 Independence Referendum campaign, drawing praise from Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon upon his death. Sturgeon said that Weir’s “determination and generosity in the cause of Scottish independence cannot be overstated and was hugely appreciated.” 

Partick Thistle staff and supporters outside Firhill stadium, where the funeral cortege of Colin Weir passed before the service at Partick Burgh Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. (Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)

His luxury purchases included a Jaguar F-Pace SUV, a vintage Bentley Arnage, a 2019 Mercedes-Benz V Class and a Mercedes-Benz E Class Estate. 

Following his divorce, Weir resided in a £1.1 million (roughly $1.3 million) seafront home called “The Mansions,” where he lived out the rest of his days.