The winner of the EuroMillions jackpot, who described the £27 million prize as “hell,” was discovered dead at his home.


The winner of the EuroMillions jackpot, who described the £27 million prize as “hell,” was discovered dead at his home.

A EUROMILLIONS winner was discovered dead at her home after claiming her £27 million windfall was “hell.”

Margaret Loughrey’s death was described by police as a “sudden death,” although it is not being treated as suspicious. The 56-year-old woman was discovered today at her house in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where she won large on the Irish EuroMillions in 2013.

The PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland) told the Irish Mirror: “On Thursday 2nd September, police received a complaint of a woman’s untimely death in the Ballycolman Lane area of Strabane.”

“A post mortem will be performed, however the death is not being viewed as suspicious at this time.”

“We were alerted to an emergency in the Ballycolman area of Strabane at 10.30am this morning,” an NIAS (Northern Ireland Ambulance Service) spokeswoman said. There were no patients removed from the scene.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Loughry family, as well as Margaret’s friends,” said Jason Barr, a councillor for the Social Democratic and Labour Parties in the area. It’s a pretty depressing day.

“Margaret would have been admired… She, like all of us, has had her ups and downs in life, but maybe she is at peace now.”

Because she was unemployed and living on benefits when she won the lotto, the woman got the moniker “Maggie Millions.”

However, after being the victim of multiple crimes, Ms Loughrey claimed in 2019 that she only had £5 million left in her inheritance.

“I have had six years of this and I don’t believe in religion, but if there is a hell, I have been in it,” she remarked in a newspaper interview at the time. That’s how horrible it’s been. I dropped to a weight of five-and-a-half stone.

“I won £27 million. I have slightly over £5 million remaining, but I’ve given away a lot of it. As long as I live, I will never be at peace.

“I wouldn’t do that even if I didn’t have a dime left.”

Ms Loughrey used her large inheritance to buy a number of properties, including residences and a pub.

After being convicted of assaulting a taxi driver in August 2015, Ms Loughrey was sentenced to 150 hours of community service.

Following an unfair dismissal action, she was ordered to pay an ex-employee £30,000 last year.


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