How lottery winner tore through record-breaking $50 million win including outrageous cars

  • A Scottish man won a record-breaking $257.6m EuroMillions jackpot in 2011
  • He burnt through $50m in the eight years before his death
  • He spent a massive $131,900 per week

Published on Jan 10, 2024 at 9:43 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jan 11, 2024 at 8:52 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

How lottery winner tore through record-breaking $50 million win including outrageous cars

What would you do if you won the lottery? Scottish lottery winner, Colin Weir, blew $50 million of his record-breaking winnings in the eight years before his death.

He bagged a record-breaking $257.6 million EuroMillions jackpot in 2011, according to The Independent.

That makes him officially one of the UK’s biggest lottery winners – and the second-biggest EuroMillions winner ever at the time he won.

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He invested in a soccer team, race horses, and extravagant cars – but soon after his luck ran out.

Hailing from North Ayrshire in Scotland, it’s said that Weir blew through a massive $131,900 per week.

As well as the big-ticket items, it also went on luxury items and investments.

The former cameraman was married to former psychiatric nurse, Chris.

The pair lived out their dream of buying a 55 percent share in Glasgow’s Partick Thistle Football Club – but his dream was, sadly, short lived.

His final years were lived out in style, with Weir investing in a stunning car collection – something most lottery winners do.

It included a vintage Bentley Arnage, Jaguar F-Pace SUV, and a Mercedes-Benz E Class Estate.

He added to his property portfolio with a $6 million home he spent millions more to renovate.

Weir bought three prized racing thoroughbreds, including geldings, Knighted and Felony, and an Irish mare named ‘If You Say Run’.

He also established a charitable trust.

The charity was called the Weir Charitable Trust and fell foul of a scam in 2015.

Hoax emails were sent offering cash.

Police Scotland were made aware of the scam and warned people to steer clear of suspicious emails.

It was reportedly the third time the Weirs had been targeted by fraudsters since their lottery win in 2011.

However, the rumored lottery curse really reared its head in 2018.

He divorced his wife of almost four decades – and she took her slice of his winnings, which is something that has happened to other lottery winners.

His wealth passed down to his two children following his death from sepsis and an acute kidney injury at age 72 in 2019.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.