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EuroMillions Winner Plans to Give Away Fortune for the Benefit of Her Home Town

EuroMillions Winner Plans to Give Away Fortune for the Benefit of Her Home Town

A woman from Northern Ireland says she plans to give away £26 million of her £27 million EuroMillions fortune. Generous Margaret Loughrey was living on £58 a week benefits when she landed the EuroMillions jackpot last December and says she’d rather help people in need than spend it on herself.

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She has already donated more than half her fortune to good causes in and around her hometown of Strabane and is the director of nine companies, including six new firms registered just last week.

Speaking about her philanthropic plans 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."

Her biggest single outlay so far has been £1m to buy the historic Herdman's Mill in Sion Mills. She plans to transform it into a leisure and tourism destination in a bid to give her beloved hometown a much needed boost.

She added, "As soon as I won the money I said it would go for the good of the town.

"I've already given half of it away.

"I always said I'd keep £1million for myself and give the rest to the town.

"There is so much talent here in the Strabane area, people just need to be given a chance.

"Everyone has the right to work for a living, to support their families, to buy their own home, to run their own business.

"People just need to be given opportunities."

It begs the question, what would you do with such a life-changing sum of money? If you’d like the chance to find out, you can purchase tickets for tomorrow’s EuroMillions draw on our Play EuroMilions page. Good luck!

Written by Matthew Swift

Page Last Updated: 11/09/2014 14:02:48