The Will of Euromillions £161M jackpot winner

Written byLegacy Insights

December 1, 2020

The Will of a lottery millionaire has been published following his death at the end of 2019.

Colin Weir and his wife Chris won £161 million in 2011. Colin, who was 71 at the time of his death, was from Largs in North Ayrshire. The prize was one of the biggest ever in the Euromillions lottery at the time. Colin Weir had formerly worked as an STV television cameraman and left two adult children.

Spending a Euromillions win

Weir invested money for his future as well as that of his family, buying a home for himself and a jointly owned property worth £3.5 million that he later transferred to his wife after they separated.

He set up a charitable foundation, the Weir Charitable Trust, which supports Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services and help the Scottish community in the areas of sport, recreational facilities, animal welfare, health and culture. A local artist was sponsored to complete a course at the Florence Academy of Art, the National Sports Training Centre at Inverclyde received funding and Haylie House Residential Care Home were given money.

Other local causes that benefitted from the Weirs’ win included the Largs Thistle Community Club, who were given a new 3G pitch and Largs Thistle Football Club, who made him honorary president.

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He bought 55 per cent of Scottish League Division 1 team Partick Thistle, with the intention of donating the share to fans and he helped to set up the Thistle Weir Youth Academy.

The Weirs made a £1 million donation to the Yes campaign for Scottish independence ahead of the 2014 referendum, with both Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond paying tribute to him on his death.

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