Tragic Euromillions winner gave relatives £1million each before she died

A EuroMillions winner who gave her relatives £1million each and had just finished work on her dream home was tragically found dead on Thursday.

The winner, Margaret Loughrey, dubbed "Maggie Millions", bagged the £27million jackpot eight years ago and had previously said the money had sadly "destroyed her".

Ms Loughrey, 56, purchased the ticket while she was walking back from the Job Centre to her bungalow in Northern Ireland, where she was living on benefits of just £58-a-week, The Mirror reports.

The proud woman was soon able to give her family members £1million each and even give neighbours on her council estate £5,000.

Paul Gallagher, a neighbour and local councillor, told the Belfast Telegraph he had just renovated a derelict house nicknamed "the barn" into the 56-year-old's dream home complete with a "round tin roof".

He added: "She had been living in a bungalow next to it and the barn was just finished, I believe. It's a pity she didn't get to enjoy her new home."

Margaret also used her money to purchase a £125,000 bungalow, a pub and a former mill turned leisure centre.

In 2019, she claimed she only had £5million left and said winning the jackpot had "destroyed" her life.

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Ms Loughrey said at the time she won the jackpot: “I got up at 7am on Wednesday and put on the television. I just had this notion so I checked my numbers and there they were.

“I was just in state of shock and I must have checked 10 times.

“I took a walk out to the back garden and sat out there for a while before coming back in and checking again. I must have walked around the house for five hours before ringing my brother and asking him to call up.”

Police said they are not treating her death as "suspicious", but a post-mortem will be take place to determine the cause.

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It is understood the woman never married but is survived by her four brothers and sister.

Emergency services were called to a home in the area at 10.30am yesterday morning, Belfast Live reported.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesperson added: "Police received a report of the sudden death of a woman at the Ballycolman Lane area of Strabane on Thursday 2nd September.

"A post mortem is due to take place but at this stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious."

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The woman previously claimed she was left with just £5million in 2019 and had been the victim of numerous thefts, The Irish News reported.

Speaking to Sunday Life, she said: "I will never have peace as long as I live. Even if I didn't have a penny left, I won't.

"I regret winning the lottery. Of course I do. I was a happy person before.

"I am a human being and all it has done is destroy my life."

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