UK's biggest lottery prize winners 'to divorce'

A couple who won £161 million in the lottery, the largest ever prize claimed in Britain, have announced their intention "to divorce amicably".

Wednesday, 10th April 2019, 11:48 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th April 2019, 1:04 pm
Colin Weir (L) and his wife Chris pose for pictures with champagne during a photocall in Falkirk, Scotland, on July 15, 2011 (Wattie Cheung/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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Colin Weir (L) and his wife Chris pose for pictures with champagne during a photocall in Falkirk, Scotland, on July 15, 2011 (Wattie Cheung/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

The pair set up The Weir Charitable Trust in 2013 and made a donation to a community football club in their local Largs.

Partick Thistle Football Club also received investment from the couple which led to the youth set-up being rebranded the Thistle Weir Youth Academy and a section of their Firhill Stadium being named the Colin Weir Stand.

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.