Lottery winner's ex-wife says she's not bitter

The ex-wife of one of Friday's Euromillions winners has said she's not bitter about his good fortune.

The partner of £61 million winner Sonia Davies, Keith Reynolds, split up with Mandy Reynolds two years ago after a 20-year marriage. It's been described as an amicable divorce.

Mandy now rents a modest home on an estate in Gloucester, but says she isn't envious of her ex's good luck.

"It is his money and he can do what he wants with it," she tells the Daily Mail.

"There is no bitterness on my part at all. We still get on well for the sake of the children and that's is all there is to it. I have not spoken to Keith about it but I have spoken to my daughters and they were thrilled."

Meanwhile, according to Metro, another ex is ruing the day he split up with one of the winners. Dan White, 21, broke up with Courtney Davies, 19, last year.

"All my mates are savaging me about this – the first I knew of their win was my phone going nuts," he tells the paper.

"The boys were all sending me links and jokey snapchats asking if I was gutted."

The Davies family scooped £61 million on Friday's Euromillions lottery, right after discovering that Sonia's cancer treatment had been successful.

They are believed to be splitting the win six ways, with around £12 million each going to Sonia Davies, 53, her partner Keith Reynolds, 55, daughters Stephanie, 23, and Courtney, 19, and Stephanie's boyfriend Steve Powell, 30.

In this case, there's clearly no ill-feeling from those that aren't getting a share.

However, in the past winners have found themselves besieged by exes desperate to nab a portion of the win.

Last year, for example, a Chinese man won £463,890 on the lottery and immediately decided to divorce his wife, without telling her about the win. However, she found out and successfully sued him for half the cash.

Earlier this year, a lottery winner's ex-partner successfully sued for a percentage of her $1 million win on the grounds that he'd given her the cash to buy the ticket.

However, she appears to have run through the money pretty quickly, filing for bankruptcy a few months later - without paying her ex.

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Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

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Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.

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