Colin and Christine Weir, who scooped the current record sterling EuroMillions win of £161.6 million (€185 million at the time) in July 2011, were revealed to be two of the three new shareholders whose investment in Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle has lifted the club out of debt. The Jags, who play at Firhill in the Maryhill area of Glasgow, struck a deal with the Bank of Scotland thanks to the backing of the Weirs and current board member Billy Allan.
Allen now owns nearly three percent of the club, with the Weirs on five percent each, and the lottery winners from Largs in Ayrshire have bought a further 19.28 percent stake as a gift for the fan-run Partick Thistle Football Club Trust.
Colin explained the reasons behind their investment to the press, saying, “I have been a Jags fan since I was a boy and have spent many hours at Firhill, some of them more enjoyable than others! Chris and I are delighted to be part of the collective effort to help the club achieve financial security, no mean feat for any club in Scotland today. We also support the establishment of the Trust to give fans a greater say in their club and were pleased to be in a position to gift shares to it to get it off the ground.”
Other lottery winners who have bankrolled football clubs include Lee and Sue Mullen, who ploughed an initial £60,000 into their local team Grimsby Town, having won £4.8 million on EuroMillions in 2011. They also shelled out a further £10,000 to help the Mariners prepare for their Play-Off final against Bristol Rovers at Wembley earlier this year, including buying new suits for the entire matchday squad!
Les Scadding picked up a cool £45 million on the game in 2009 and masterminded Newport County’s return to league football in 2013. However, he revealed in June that he was standing down from his role as chairman with immediate effect. Check out the EuroMillions Winners page to find out more information on those who have struck it rich as part of this popular pan-European lottery.
Whatever you choose to do with tonight’s £36 million haul, you will need to buy EuroMillions tickets to stand a chance of putting those plans into action. They are available online and from authorised retailers in any of the participating countries, so snap them up and remember to check the Results page after the draw to see if you are a brand new millionaire!