Gillian Bayford became the UK’s second-biggest EuroMillions winner to date when she and her ex-husband won £148.6 million by matching all five numbers and both Lucky Stars back in August 2012. Since then, she has used her enormous wealth to build up a property empire, purchasing numerous luxury apartments in the Carnoustie, Angus area.
But when she heard about the daily hardships Jenny McMillan and her disabled son Blake faced, Gillian decided to help, purchasing a house and paying for it to be adapted to meet the boy’s needs.
Four-year-old Blake suffers from a rare and severely debilitating neurological disorder called MECP2 duplication syndrome. He is completely unable to walk, or even sit unaided, and also suffers from frequent, increasingly severe seizures, so requires round-the-clock care.
Although Jenny will not own the property outright, instead renting it from Gillian’s company, A&G Properties, Gillian has vowed to pay for any and all renovations required for the pair to live comfortably.
Mother Jenny was overwhelmed by Gillian’s gesture. “I was totally in awe that Gillian would do something like this,” she said. “I’ll be able to look after Blake in a safe and secure environment and it means the world”
This isn’t the first time that a EuroMillions winner has used their lottery fortune for the benefit of others. After they scooped £101 million in 2011, Dave and Angela Dawes also made 20 of their closest friends and relatives millionaires, while record EuroMillions winners Colin and Chris Weir purchased a prosthetic limb for a young boy who would later go on to carry the Olympic torch.
With tonight’s EuroMillions jackpot currently standing at an estimated £31 million, the winner or winners would have plenty of cash to splash on friends, family, or even complete strangers. How would you share your newfound fortune?