NEWS
10/04/2019 07:28 BST | Updated 10/04/2019 11:02 BST

Euromillions: UK's Biggest Lottery Winners Colin And Chris Weir Are Divorcing

The pair won £161 million in 2011.

A couple who won the UK’s largest ever lottery prize of £161 million, have announced they are to divorce.

Chris and Colin Weir, who scooped the EuroMillions prize in 2011, also confirmed in a statement they had been living apart “for some time”.

The couple from Largs, Ayrshire, have been married for more than 30 years and have two grown-up children.

A statement issued to The Scottish Sun said: “It is with deep regret that Chris and Colin confirm they have been living apart for some time and intend to divorce amicably.

“There will be no further comment.”

Colin, a former TV cameraman, and Chris, a former psychiatric nurse, made the Sunday Times Rich List with their win eight years ago.

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After winning, they invested £1million into Partick Thistle Football Club (nicknamed the Jags) in 2015 for a ten per cent stake in the club, which wiped the Championship side’s debt.

The team’s youth set-up was rebranded the Thistle Weir Youth Academy and a section of their Firhill Stadium was named the Colin Weir Stand.

The pair also set up The Weir Charitable Trust in 2013 to help small Scottish-based community groups and a local football team Largs Thistle were given £800,000.

They also defended making a donation of £1 million to the independence campaign ahead of the 2014 referendum, and continued donating to the SNP afterwards.