Frances and Patrick Connolly experienced the best start to the new year. The couple from County Down in Northern Ireland, grabbed one of the biggest UK Lottery wins in history. They decided to go public with the news later that week and announced that they would share the prize with 50 friends and relatives. "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," explained Frances, 52, a teacher. The couple have the aim of really making a difference to their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Patrick explained how his wife ‘nagged’ him to purchase a ticket. He gave in and bought a ticket online using the lucky dip option. He did so without any expectation as they had not won more than £10 before. Patrick casually checked the numbers before going to bed that night and discovered that he had all the winning numbers along with the lucky numbers. “I thought it was a scam” - he rechecked the numbers 4 times. After telling his wife the good news, they sat in awe and stared at each other for 10 minutes. They then proceeded to make a cup of tea in silence. After a sleepless night, they called the lottery operator, Camelot to confirm their £114,969,775.70 winning. This would put them on Northern Island’s rich list. They named one planned beneficiary: St Francis FC, a local football club in Hartlepool that the couple lived at for 25 years. The couple have been together for 30 years and have 3 daughters, twins aged 24 and one aged 30. Frances, the teacher has no intention of buying a mansion as she has been off work with a leg injury. "I want a bungalow because I can't walk up the stairs," The Connolly's plan on being very selfless with the money. "This win gives us the chance to really make a difference for our family and friends." What a heart-warming way to look at the money!