Lottery winners reveal the sweetest gestures they’ve done after scooping jackpot

Most of us who play the lottery daydream of what would happen if we won the jackpot.

From paying off the mortgage, luxury holidays or splurging on designer clothes there are so many ways to spend the cash.

But what would be the fun in having all that money with no one to share it with?

And we could really learn something from these previous lottery winners who have used their cash to benefit others.

Despite matching the wealth of A-listers or professional footballers, these kindhearted millionaires have stayed grounded.

This varies from helping out a family member in need or donating a chunk of their jackpot to their community.

These are some of the acts of kindness shown by winners after they bagged a life-changing sum.

Frances and Patrick Connolly – saved their sister’s home

EuroMillions  winners Frances and Patrick Connolly have saved her sister’s home after winning a staggering £115m on New Year’s Day.

Mrs Connolly’s sister, Sharon Bordessa, had put her house up for sale in 2017 when she moved into their mother’s home to care for her.

But the Connollys stepped in just weeks before the sale was due to be completed, allowing Mrs Bordessa to keep it.

Mrs Bordessa said her sister phoned her to tell her about the lottery win and immediately said: "You don’t have to sell your house."

It was the biggest lottery win ever in Northern Ireland – and the fourth biggest in the UK – with Mr and Mrs Connolly scooping just under £115m.

Angela Maxwell – gave back to the community

When grandmother and lotto winner, Angela Maxwell scooped £53m she didn’t let her win change her.

When she and husband Richard announced their massive win, she spoke of her determination to carry on her community work.

Just a week after her gigantic lotto win, Angela was back at the community centre, putting in a five-hour volunteer shift to help look after the pensioners’ lunch.

She supported the centre in other ways as well, most notably by buying them a new community minibus.

And as keen charity fundraisers, the Maxwells were able to share their good fortune with those who need it most.

Peter Congdon – donated to charity

Peter Congdon and his family’s lives changed forever when he scooped £13.5m – but he’s stayed grounded and donated a million to charity.

He carried on living on his council estate in Cornwall for several more months before eventually moving just across the road.

And the former Truro city councillor still went on holiday to Butlins soon after the win.

His first decision was to do something for the Merlin MS Centre in Cornwall as his late wife Rosemary suffered from the condition for 33 years.

He asked the charity what they wanted and the answer was a hot tub; the largest hot tub in the country – a high tech anti-gravity £1 million hydrotherapy pool for those suffering from MS, strokes, Parkinson’s and ME.

Colin and Chris Weir – gave out millions in grants

The couple from Largs, Ayrshire, gave out £5million in grants after a £161million win in 2011.

Benefiting from Colin and Chris’ generosity was the family of youngster Skye Swinton.

They were struggling to raise the funding needed for specialist surgery until the lotto winners stepped in.

Skye has been disabled since birth and needed a wheelchair, but when Chris and Colin heard her tale they offered to pay for rare spinal surgery.

And on Christmas Day she finally walked unaided, as thrilled parents Ruth and John looked on.

Generous Chris and Colin, of Largs, North Ayrshire, said: “Skye faces many challenges and needs her mum and dad.

"Without the pressure of fundraising, their time can be spent on Skye.”

Margaret Loughrey – shared cash with unemployed

Big-hearted Lottery winner Margaret Loughrey gave away £26million of her fortune to people in her town.

The Northern Ireland woman, who hit the EuroMillions jackpot, won the lottery after buying a ticket on her way home from the Job Centre.

She was living on benefits of £58 a week in her hometown of Strabane, Co Tyrone, at the time of her mammoth win.

Since the £27m windfall she’s been handing out money to help people in need.

And she said: "I know what it’s like to have nothing. That’s why I’m giving it away – I can’t miss what I never had.

"I spent half of my adult life unemployed and the other half on the minimum wage so I know only too well how hard things can be."

Nigel and Sharon Mather – donated to hospice that cared for niece

Money can’t buy you everything and jackpot winners Nigel and Sharon Mather knew that full well even before they won £12.4million on a National Lottery draw.

Their big win was tinged with sadness from the start because their niece Shadia was not there to share their good fortune.

Nigel’s brother’s daughter had died from a rare form of bone-marrow cancer 14 days after her 18th birthday at Francis House Hospice in Manchester.

While she was still battling the disease, the couple were so impressed by her charity hospice that they made a vow to help out if they ever could.

And following their win in 2010 they honoured that pledge with a generous donation which has helped provide a new music room for terminally-ill chilren.

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