The lucky British couple who scooped an astonishing £115million EuroMillions lottery jackpot on New Year's Day have been revealed.
Grandparents Frances and Patrick Connolly, from County Armagh, Northern Ireland, kicked off 2019 with a bang with their incredible win.
Patrick, 54, who had bought a Lucky Dip online, discovered their amazing success after checking their numbers on several websites.
Sliding back in his chair in disbelief, he then turned to partner of 30 years Frances, 52, and asked her: "Do you want the good news...?"
Unsure of how to react to their win, the couple had a cup of tea and shared a hug before ringing Camelot the next morning to verify it.
“We really didn’t know what to do or how to react and we didn’t sleep a wink that night," Patrick recalled at a press conference today.
"We rang Camelot at 8am in the morning to verify the win. Then it started to dawn on us that it was true even though it still hasn’t really sunk in.”
The couple are now the National Lottery’s fourth biggest ever winners after scooping £114,969,775.70 in the January 1 draw.
Their identities were revealed at the press event near Belfast this morning, where they celebrated with champagne.
They had matched five numbers in the EuroMillions draw (01, 08, 11, 25, 28), as well as the two Lucky Stars (04 and 06).
Frances added: “We don’t really do excited – perhaps I raised my voice just a bit at the time when I found out – but we celebrated with a cup of tea and a hug.”
The couple, from Moira, are regular Lotto players but only normally buy EuroMillions tickets when there is a big jackpot.
With Christmas over and a massive sum up for grabs, Frances had decided to purchase some tickets for the New Year’s Day draw.
However, she forgot to get them during a shopping trip with Patrick so, instead of returning to the shop, her husband played online.
“I always hoped we would win the lottery one day, but when we did, it would be just our luck that lots of others would win on the same day with the same numbers too – never in my wildest dreams did I think we would ever win almost £115million," Frances said.
It was the same evening, while on his computer checking emails at around 10pm, that Patrick discovered their staggering win.
After checking several different sites to make sure their numbers matched the winning ones, he calmly told his wife: "We've won."
Frances, who had been watching TV in the same room, then asked him how much they had won. He replied: "No, we’ve won."
At first, Frances didn't believe her partner.
But after the couple stared at the numbers on the screen for what seemed like a lifetime, they received an official email from the National Lottery at around 1am confirming that they had won.
And seven hours later, they rang Camelot to get it verified.
“We honestly thought we would never win anything like this. Never in a million years," said Frances.
"I’m sure that lots of other people think the same but we are proof that it can happen to anyone and we feel so grateful and privileged that lady luck has landed at our door on this occasion."
Instead of going on a wild shopping spree, the couple's first priority was to write a list of loved ones to share their good fortune with. It currently stands at more than 50 lucky people - who haven’t all been told.
Frances would also like to buy a second-hand car – a Jaguar - while Patrick simply wants to shower his wife of 28 years with presents.
Frances tore a ligament in her knee some time ago, meaning shopping can be a difficult task due to long periods of standing.
However, a holiday to Mauritius could be on the cards for the couple, as well as some trips to watch rugby matches and a F1 Grand Prix.
Frances added: "This is a massive sum of money and we want it to have a huge impact on the lives of other people we know and love as well as on our future too.
"This win gives us the chance to really make a difference for our family and friends."
The couple, who met in 1989 and live in a rented home, have three grown-up daughters, as well as three grandchildren.