Becoming a winner of the EuroMillions draw or any other similar lottery is the perfect excuse to start doing what you’ve always wanted in life. From quitting your job and pursuing your passions to buying all sorts of luxury items or traveling the world. Depending on the amount, these types of prizes can decide the lives of many people.
Francis and Patrick Connolly, the Irish couple who won the massive Euromillions jackpot in 2019, are dedicated to donating some of that fortune to charities. According to BBC News, both decided give almost half of the money. In fact, shortly after receiving the check, they decided to write a list of 50 family members and friends they wanted to help. In total, they won a prize of £114,969,775, which in exchange amounts to nearly €135 million, one of the biggest draws that year.
Two foundations and 50 friends
Connolly was assured by the British media that they had distributed up to £60m, which, if translated into euros, is about £70m. This money has gone to different places. On the one hand, they decided to choose a few of their acquaintances who would help them solve their financial problems. Through a list of 50 people handed out money to each of the elect.
In addition, this experience was so rewarding that they expanded their capabilities. creation of two solidarity funds. One of them is located in Northern Ireland and is known as the Kathleen Graham Foundation, named after Frances’ mother, which is dedicated to creating sustainable projects that create jobs in their community. And another in its current location, Durham, is called the PFC Trust, which provides funding for social projects.
In addition to these organizations, they bought gifts for 1000 pensioners that they had to stay in hospitals the year they won the EuroMillions. And they’ve donated hundreds of tablets to nursing homes in their area so they can make video calls with their families. During the pandemic, they made toilet protectors and embarked on many other projects to improve people’s lives during those very difficult months.
Despite their large fortune, the couple decided to live a modest lifestyle. They bought one house with five bedrooms, tennis court and swimming pool in Durham that suit their needs and when they travel they choose the lower classes. In fact, Patrick Connolly continued to serve as director of the charities they both founded.
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