The Bayfords became the first ticket holders to win at the current EuroMillions jackpot cap of €190 million, although they banked a lower sterling amount than fellow Brits Christine and Colin Weir, of Ayrshire, whose €185 million payday in July 2011 converted to £161.6 million due to the fluctuating exchange rate. Just 15 months after Adrian and Gillian’s lottery win, the couple announced they would divorce.
Bayford ran a record shop in Haverhill, Suffolk before the EuroMillions win and decided to return to the industry in May this year when he opened Black Barn Records in Cambridge, stocking items as varied as Lady Gaga’s shoes and a £3,000 guitar signed by Guns N’ Roses. He will be presented on Wednesday with a top hat once owned by former Monster Raving Loony Party leader and musician Screaming Lord Sutch, which will be added to the shop’s stock of memorabilia.
The Eccentric Party was launched by Lord Toby Jug (real name Brian Borthwick) in January 2015, after he was expelled from the Monster Raving Loony Party. The collective claims on its website to “love to prick the balloon of pomposity of the major established political parties and highlight the arrogance and folly of their policies with a large custard pie in the face.”
Lord Toby Jug insists the Eccentric Party “is not just a joke party, it is a serious party of protest and the party of the people." The party boasts one councillor, Lady Jezebel Luxury Yacht, who sits on St Ives Town Council in Cambridgeshire and whose proposed policies include Spacehopper Tuesday, encouraging commuters to travel home on the children’s toys once a week.
Asked about his involvement with the Eccentric Party, Adrian told the Cambridge News, “I'm so fed up with the other so-called sensible mainstream political parties. At least the Eccentric Party are honest in that they admit to being totally bonkers. They're the only party that would get my vote – they're a real party of the people and a true party of protest.”
With £12 million (€15 million) on offer tonight, you could start a business and fund a political party like Adrian Bayford, or you could simply spend your days relaxing on a sun-kissed beach somewhere tropical. Whatever your dream, you can buy EuroMillions tickets online or from authorised retailers across the UK.