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A woman who was addicted to giving to charity and who won more than $145 million (£115 million) in the lottery was able to overindulge in her addiction after receiving the windfall.
Frances Connelly’s story is making headlines all over the United Kingdom and Ireland due to the fact that she has already donated £60 million ($74 million) along with her husband, “Patty” Patrick, who actually purchased the winning lottery ticket.
“Providing aid to others… it just gives you A buzz. Connelly, who is 55 years old, stated in an interview that he has become addicted to it.
Connelly has always been one to lend a helping hand to those in need. As a child, she volunteered with St. John’s Ambulance, and later, while she was attending school in Belfast, she established an AIDS helpline.
She is the leader of a number of community organizations that engage in a wide range of activities, such as assisting refugees and supplying elders with tablets so they may make video calls to their relatives.
After winning the jackpot in the 2019 EuroMillions game, she was inspired to do a variety of good deeds and promptly put her winnings to use by launching not one but two established charitable organizations.
Connelly explained, “So when we initially sat down with our cup of tea, Patty said, ‘go on then, write your list.'”
She stated that the majority of the opportunities to make a lot of money had already been taken, and she mentioned that her husband, who still works at the plastic company he founded, gives her a “yearly charity budget,” even though she has already spent all of the money up to the year 2032’s allotment.
She did not feel overwhelmed; rather, she recalled all of the conversations she had had over the course of her life about what you would do if you won the lotto; the order in which you would aid others was well defined.
“I think I’m at about 10-11 million now directly to charity, as well as the money in the two charities here and in Northern Ireland, but I don’t keep a tally, in fact I don’t keep a tally in case Patty finds it!”
“I think I’m at about 10-11 million now directly to charity, as well as the money in the two charities here and in Northern Ireland.”
They did purchase a new home, however; it is a large house near Durham that has six bedrooms and sits on seven acres of land. This was one of their special treats.
She says, “I’ve never actually had to come to terms with all that money because we’ve had it for such a short amount of time,” adding that the majority of it has already been distributed among her large family, donated to charity, or stored away somewhere secure.
“I’ve never actually had to come to terms with all that money because we’ve had it for such a short amount of time,” she says.
“If I had any words of wisdom for a victor, it would be… According to what she told the BBC, which was also reporting on her winnings, money “liberates you to be the person that you want to be.” If you are stupid before you acquire it, you will still be foolish after you get it.
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