Britain’s biggest ever lottery winners Colin and Christine Weir divorce eight years after the pair bagged an incredible £161m EuroMillions jackpot
- Colin and Christine Weir granted a divorce by a judge after 38 years of marriage
- The couple, from Ayreshire, had two children in their four decades together
- It comes eight years after they won £161million in the EuroMillions jackpot
A British couple who bagged £161million in the EuroMillions jackpot eight years ago have finalised their ‘amicable’ divorce – after living in separate mansions for a year.
Colin and Christine Weir were granted a divorce by a judge at the court of sessions in Edinburgh just days after their £3million former home was put up for sale.
The pair, from the seaside town of Largs in Ayreshire, were married for 38 years and had two, now adult, children together before announcing their separation in April.
‘People in their hometown of Largs had been talking about the rumours of their split as far back as last summer,’ a friend told The Sun.
Colin and Christine Weir (pictured) were granted a divorce by a judge at the court of sessions in Edinburgh just days after their £3million former home was put up for sale
The couple ‘drifted apart’ when Mr Weir, 71, went to Partick Thistle games while his wife, 62, attended charity events.
A statement in April said: ‘It is with deep regret that Chris and Colin Weir confirm they have been living apart for some time and intend to divorce amicably.
‘They ask that the family’s privacy is respected at this time and there will be no further comment.’
Mr Weir signed their £3million mansion in Troon over to his wife last August. She sold it just weeks later and Mr Weir moved into a £1.5million waterfront home.
Officially divorcing in May a friend described their marriage problems as a ‘bit of an open secret’ to those who lived nearby.
Mr Weir signed their £3million mansion (pictured) in Troon over to his wife last August. She sold it just weeks later and Mr Weir moved into a £1.5million waterfront home
The couple ‘drifted apart’ when Mr Weir, 71, went to Partick Thistle games while his wife, 62, attended charity events
‘It’s a real shame because they’ve obviously been through so much together,’ the friend added.
Mr Weir is now mounting a bid to buy control of his local football club the Jags to avoid a proposed US takeover.
It comes after lottery winners Adrian Bayford and wife Gillian broke up following their £148million win in 2012.
The couple split just 15 months after they took home the jackpot.
And while Mr Bayford’s next two relationships were doomed to fail his ex-wife married a convicted conman in August last year.
Mr Brayford has since had multiple property troubles – after allowing his farm in Cambridgeshire to grow derelict – and his neighbours say he is lonely.
In March it was reported the former postman was getting up to 50 Cornish pasties delivered to his mansion every week because they remind him of his childhood.
And the 48-year-old has reportedly paid people, including his full-time boxing coach, to be his friends and drive him around, the Sun reported.
It comes after lottery winners Adrian Bayford and wife Gillian broke up following their £148million win in 2012