Woman Who Said $37m Jackpot Win Ruined Her Life Found Dead

  • A woman who became one of Ireland’s biggest ever lottery winners has been found dead in her home.
  • Officials said the death of Margaret Loughrey, 56, is not being treated as suspicious.
  • Loughrey, who won $37 million in 2013, previously said the money had destroyed her life.

A woman who won £27 million ($37 million) in the EuroMillions lottery but said the money brought her “nothing but grief” has been found dead in her home, officials said.

Margaret Loughrey, 56, was discovered by police at her £125,000 ($172,000) home in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland on September 2.

“A post-mortem is due to take place but at this stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious,” police said, according to The Irish Times.

The 56-year-old became Northern Ireland’s biggest ever lottery winner in 2013. She scooped up the jackpot after buying her ticket at a local shop where she had been printing off job application forms.

At the time, she was jobless and living on benefits worth £58 ($80) per week.

But after she won the jackpot, Loughrey struggled with her mental health and four months later was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. She later won her appeal against being sectioned.

“Money has brought me nothing but grief. It has destroyed my life. I have had six years of this. I don’t believe in religion, but if there is a hell, I have been in it. It has been that bad,” she said in 2019, according to The Times

“No point having £27 million and being lonely. That can’t make me happy, that can only make me happy that everybody else’s happy and so far everybody is absolutely delighted,” she added.

Loughrey is not married or had no children. She has been described as a quiet woman who made many donations to family, friends, neighbors, and local charities.

At least half of her win is thought to have gone to good causes, The Times reported.

“I knew her before she won the money, she was quiet, and after she won the money she was still quiet, and she made donations that people will never know about,” her neighbor Paul Gallagher told The Irish Times.

“Margaret wasn’t standing out front saying, ‘look at me, look how great I am, giving out a cheque.’ She just did it, very quietly and behind the scenes,” he added.

In 2015, she was convicted of assaulting a taxi driver while under the influence of alcohol. She was ordered to do 150 hours of community service as a result.

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