UK’s biggest lottery prize winners ‘to divorce’

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

Chris and Colin Weir, who scooped the EuroMillions prize in 2011, also confirmed in a statement they had been living apart "for some time".

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Paula Williamson, from Barnsley, said: 'I keep having to pinch myself and tell myself that I really am a millionaire.'
Paula Williamson, from Barnsley, said: 'I keep having to pinch myself and tell myself that I really am a millionaire.'
Paula Williamson and husband Geoff during a press conference at the Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract, April 9, 2019. (SWNS)
Paula Williamson, husband Geoff and sons Jack (right) and Ian (left) during a press conference at the Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract, April 9, 2019. (SWNS)
Paula Williamson, husband Geoff and sons Jack (left) and Ian (right) during a press conference at the Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract, April 9, 2019. (SWNS)
Paula Williamson, and sons Jack (left) and Ian (right) during a press conference at the Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract, April 9, 2019. (SWNS)
Ade Goodchild, 58, a factory worker from Hereford celebrates after scooping �71,057,439 in Friday's EuroMillions draw at the Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern.
Ade Goodchild, 58, a factory worker from Hereford celebrates after scooping ??71,057,439 in Friday's EuroMillions draw at the Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern.
Andrew Symes and Natalie Metcalf, from Bristol, celebrate their �1 million win on the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker, at the De Vere Tortworth Court Hotel in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.
Ade Goodchild, 58, a factory worker from Hereford celebrates after scooping �71,057,439 in Friday's EuroMillions draw at the Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern.
Andrew Symes and Natalie Metcalf, from Bristol, celebrate their �1 million win on the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker, at the De Vere Tortworth Court Hotel in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire.
Frances Connolly, 52, and Patrick Connolly, 54, from Moira in Northern Ireland, who scooped a �115 million EuroMillions jackpot in the New Year's Day lottery draw, during a photocall at the Culloden Estate and Spa in Holywood, Belfast, as they announce their win.
Frances Connolly, 52, and Patrick Connolly, 54, from Moira in Northern Ireland, who scooped a �115 million EuroMillions jackpot in the New Year's Day lottery draw, during a photocall at the Culloden Estate and Spa in Holywood, Belfast, as they announce their win.
Frances Connolly, 52, and Patrick Connolly, 54, from Moira in Northern Ireland, who scooped a �115 million EuroMillions jackpot in the New Year's Day lottery draw, during a photocall at the Culloden Estate and Spa in Holywood, Belfast, as they announce their win.
Andrew Clark, 51, from Boston, Lincolnshire, with his partner Trisha Fairhurst, celebrates his �76,369,806.80 EuroMillions jackpot win from the draw on Friday 2 November 2018 at Belton Woods Hotel, Grantham.
Andrew Clark, 51, from Boston, Lincolnshire, with his partner Trisha Fairhurst, celebrates his �76,369,806.80 EuroMillions jackpot win from the draw on Friday 2 November 2018 at Belton Woods Hotel, Grantham.
Andrew Clark, 51, from Boston, Lincolnshire, with his partner Trisha Fairhurst (right), celebrates his �76,369,806.80 EuroMillions jackpot win from the draw on Friday 2 November 2018 at Belton Woods Hotel, Grantham.
Andrew Clark, 51, from Boston, Lincolnshire, celebrates his �76,369,806.80 EuroMillions jackpot win from the draw on Friday 2 November 2018 at Belton Woods Hotel, Grantham.
Darren and Kate Donaghey from Newcastle, celebrate their £1 million National Lottery Scratchcard win at the Matfen Hall Hotel in Newcastle.
Darren and Kate Donaghey from Newcastle, celebrate their £1 million National Lottery Scratchcard win at the Matfen Hall Hotel in Newcastle.
Darren and Kate Donaghey from Newcastle, celebrate their �1 million National Lottery Scratchcard win at the Matfen Hall Hotel in Newcastle.
Darren and Kate Donaghey from Newcastle, celebrate their £1 million National Lottery Scratchcard win at the Matfen Hall Hotel in Newcastle.
Daniel Peart, 27, and his wife Charlotte, 28, celebrate their £1 million EuroMillions HotPicks win in Alwalton, Peterborough.
Daniel Peart, 27, and his wife Charlotte, 28, celebrate their £1 million EuroMillions HotPicks win in Alwalton, Peterborough.
Fred, 67, and Lesley Higgins, 57, from Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire celebrate after winning�57.9 million on the National Lottery EuroMillions draw, at the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen.
Fred, 67, and Lesley Higgins, 57, from Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire celebrate after winning£57.9 million on the National Lottery EuroMillions draw, at the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen.
Fred, 67, and Lesley Higgins, 57, from Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire celebrate after winning£57.9 million on the National Lottery EuroMillions draw, at the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen.
James Evans, 30, and his partner JoJo Smith, 28, from Romney Marsh in Kent, celebrate their �3 million National Lottery Scratchcard win at Eastwell Manor, Ashford, Kent.
James Evans, 30, and his partner JoJo Smith, 28, from Romney Marsh in Kent, celebrate their £3 million National Lottery Scratchcard win at Eastwell Manor, Ashford, Kent.
James Evans, 30, and his partner JoJo Smith, 28, from Romney Marsh in Kent, celebrate their £3 million National Lottery Scratchcard win at Eastwell Manor, Ashford, Kent.
Married couple Donna and David Stickley from Slough celebrates their £21 million Lotto win in Windsor, Berkshire.
Married couple Donna and David Stickley from Slough celebrates their £21 million Lotto win in Windsor, Berkshire.
Sue Richards, 51 and 58-year-old Barry Maddox with their new lawn design of a giant champagne bottle and glasses, at their home in Billericay, Essex, after Sue won �3 million on a National Lottery scratch card in 2016.
Sue Richards, 51 and 58-year-old Barry Maddox who have cut a design of a giant champagne bottle and glasses in to their lawn, at their home in Billericay, Essex, after Sue won £3 million on a National Lottery scratch card in 2016.
Self employed carpenter and single dad of two, Aaron Fawden, 47, celebrates after winning one millions pounds in the EuroMillions UK Millionnaire Maker draw on April 10.
Self employed carpenter and single dad of two, Aaron Fawden, 47, celebrates after winning one millions pounds in the EuroMillions UK Millionnaire Maker draw on April 10.
Self employed carpenter and single dad of two, Aaron Fawden, 47, celebrates after winning one millions pounds in the EuroMillions UK Millionnaire Maker draw on April 10.
Father of three and life-long Leyton Orient fan from Wickford, Paul Long, celebrates after his Lucky Dip ticket matched all six numbers to scoop the £9,339,858 Lotto Jackpot on Saturday 24 March, at the Orsett Hall Hotel, in Orsett, Essex.
Father of three and life-long Leyton Orient fan from Wickford, Paul Long, celebrates after his Lucky Dip ticket matched all six numbers to scoop the £9,339,858 Lotto Jackpot on Saturday 24 March, at the Orsett Hall Hotel, in Orsett, Essex.
Music production graduate Alex Best, 21, from Shildon, County Durham, celebrates at Redworth Hall Hotel, Newton Aycliffe after winning £1m in the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw earlier this month.
Taxi driver Amo Riselli, 50, with his sister Lisa during a photocall at Hatherley Manor Hotel in Gloucester after his �24,501,283 Lotto win.
Taxi driver Amo Riselli, 50, with his daughters (from the left) Tammy Lock, Letitia Sciberras, Bethany Sciberras, Nicole Lock and Lucia Lock, during a photocall at Hatherley Manor Hotel in Gloucester after his �24,501,283 Lotto win.
Taxi driver Melissa Ede, 57, celebrating during a photocall at Willerby Manor Hotel in Hull after her £4m Scratchcard win on New Year's Day.
Taxi driver Melissa Ede, 57, celebrating during a photocall at Willerby Manor Hotel in Hull after her £4m Scratchcard win on New Year's Day.
(From the left) Julie Saunders, 56, Doreen Thompson, 56, Julie Amphlett, 50, Jean Cairns, 73, Louise Ward, 37, and Sian Jones, 54, celebrate during a photocall at Hensol Castle, Hensol, after the six catering staff won £25 million on the National Lottery EuroMillions draw.
(From the left) Julie Amphlett, 50, Julie Saunders, 56, Doreen Thompson, 56, Jean Cairns, 73, Louise Ward, 37, and Sian Jones, 54, celebrate during a photocall at Hensol Castle, Hensol, after the six catering staff won £25 million on the National Lottery EuroMillions draw.
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The couple from Largs, Ayrshire, have been married for more than 30 years and have two grown-up children.

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."

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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.

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