Joe and Jess Thwaite scooped a massive £184million jackpot last month in what is now the second biggest lottery win ever.
An anonymous ticket holder held the previous record, taking £170m to the bank in October 2019 – one of 14 players to win a jackpot of over £100m.
UK lottery winners have the option to reveal their identity or remain anonymous.
From the rich list of the UK National Lottery, only three winners out of the ten chosen have already chosen to reveal themselves.
MAY 2022: Joe and Jess Thwaite
Prize pool: £184 million
Mr and Mrs Thwaite celebrate by popping a bottle of champagne after revealing themselves as the grand prize winners this morning
Joe and Jess Thwaite, a couple from the outskirts of Gloucester in their 40s, won a jackpot of £184,262,899 with a Lucky Dip ticket on May 10.
The lucky couple, who have been married for 11 years, said they wanted to go public at the hotel in Cheltenham as they didn’t want to put the ‘burden’ of keeping the secret on others.
Joe is a communications sales engineer, while Jess runs the business side of a hair salon she runs with her mother Caroline and sister Rebecca in the affluent riverside town of Tewkesbury.
They have eight-year-old twin daughters together, while Mr Thwaite has two adult children currently at university from a previous marriage.
The couple said they would share the victory with extended family, with Mr Thwaite’s ex-wife saying she was ‘over the moon’ for them.
Until recently, the couple lived in a four-bedroom smart home where their priority was ‘do-it-yourself’ work around the property, but admitted their two children had ‘always talked about going to Hawaii’.
January 2019: Patrick and Frances Connolly
Prize pool: £115 million
EuroMillions lottery winners Frances and Patrick Connolly pose during a photocall at the Culloden Hotel near Belfast on January 4, 2019
Former social worker and teacher Frances Connolly and her husband Patrick earned nearly £115m on New Years Day in 2019.
She has already donated £60million to charity and shared her winnings with friends and family, saying she is addicted to helping others.
Ms Connolly, 55, from Northern Ireland, has already broken the charity budget she agreed for this year with her husband Paddy – and donated what they would have given until 2032.
She said helping others, whether with money or volunteering, has lifted people’s spirits during the lockdown.
The lottery winner set up two charitable foundations, one named after her late mother Kathleen Graham in their native Northern Ireland, and the PFC Trust in Hartlepool, where the couple have lived for 30 years.
The couple, who have three daughters – Catrina and twins Fiona and Natalie – are not extravagant with their wealth and Ms Connolly has no desire to buy a yacht.
Their biggest expense after their win was a six-bedroom house in County Durham with seven acres of land, while Mr Connolly drives a second-hand Aston Martin, but Mrs Connolly scoffed at the idea of spending £13,000 on a console table.
When she saw a TV show where someone in Monaco spent £25,000 on a bottle of champagne, she immediately thought it might have put a youngster on the property ladder.
August 2012: Adrian and Gillian Bayford
Prize pool: £148 million
Adrian Bayford, then wife Gillian, from Haverhill, Suffolk, pictured in August 2021 after it was announced they had won a jackpot of just over £148m
In August 2012, Mr and Mrs Bayford scooped €190m in a EuroMillions draw, which was worth just over £148m.
The couple used their winnings to buy a Grade II listed estate in Cambridgeshire, complete with cinema and billiards room.
But a year later their marriage ended and Gillian returned to Scotland with her half of the earnings, where she started a property company.
She has since remarried and had her third child with her second husband.
Bayford remained in the Grade 2 listed property, but after a series of relationships failed, he put it up for sale and moved north to be closer to his children.
July 2011: Colin and Chris Weir
Jackpot: £161.6 million
Chris and Colin Weir, who later divorced, celebrate after winning the £161.6m jackpot in July 2011 – the then record for a lottery
Colin and Chris Weir from North Ayrshire scooped a jackpot of £161.6million in July 2011 – the then record for a lottery.
Mr Weir sadly died aged 71 in 2019, eight years after winning the jackpot.
Mr and Mrs Weir, 62, were granted a divorce over the summer after 38 years of marriage. It is understood that they had been living apart for almost a year before his death.
They had two children together, Carly and Jamie.
Mr Weir was known for his support of the SNP and his love for Partick Thistle Football Club.
He secured a majority stake in the Glasgow club in a seven-figure deal – and promised to give the 55 per cent stake to a group of fans.
Mr Weir also helped the Jags establish the Thistle Weir Youth Academy and a section of the club’s Firhill Stadium has been named the Colin Weir Stand in his honour.
A former STV cameraman, he also donated to a community football club in his hometown of Largs after setting up the Weir Charitable Trust in 2013 with his wife.
They had both been forced to give up their jobs early and nursed themselves through years of poor health before becoming the 22nd richest person in Scotland after earning £161,653,000.
Overnight they entered the Sunday Times Rich List above the Beatle Ringo Starr and singer Sir Tom Jones, but shunned the lavish lifestyle and decided to vacation in Brighton.
One of the first items Mr Weir bought after the incredible jackpot win was a plaid sports jacket similar to the one worn by Scotsport legend Arthur Montford.
The couple ended up buying several homes, including for their son Jamie, who worked in a call center, and their daughter Carly, who was studying photography. They also bought houses for their close friends.
Shortly after this life-changing windfall, they moved from their own three-bedroom home to Knock House – a mansion set in 23 acres of gardens and woodland in the hills above Largs, complete with cinema, swimming pool and stables.
They bought it for £850,000 before selling it in 2016 to an overseas trust in a £1.4million deal.
They have also replaced their humble Suzuki with a fleet of £160,000 cars for the couple and their family and friends.