It's probably the dream of many: to go all out and make a lot of money - for things that actually seem unreasonable or even pointless. In the spirit of ex-soccer professional George Best, who once said about managing his fortune: "I spent a lot of my money on alcohol, women and fast cars. I just squandered the rest." Similarly - but without the alcohol, as far as we know - a UK lottery winner who won the equivalent of £150 million (at today's exchange rates) in 2011 also managed to spend his money.
As the UK newspapers "Independent" and "Daily Record" unanimously report, lottery millionaire Colin Weir spent a full 45 million euros of his winnings until shortly before his death. According to "documents" that have now been released and are likely related to his estate, Weir squandered €113,000 every week.
In the estate of Weir, who died in December 2022, there were documents about the ownership of luxury real estate, cars, shares in a professional team and the establishment of a charitable foundation. He also appeared as a party donor. He made undisclosed donations to the Scottish National Party for the 2014 independence campaign and for years to come.
The lottery lucky guy seemed particularly interested in vehicles. According to The Independent, his fleet included a Jaguar F-Pace, a Bentley Arnage, and a 2019 Mercedes Benz V. Weir also had an equestrian passion. He owned three thoroughbreds. He also owned jewellery, furniture and works of art worth around 240,000 euros, as well as various plots of land and real estate – worth millions.
Weir, who divorced his wife in 2018, eventually made himself popular in a very special way with supporters of Scottish football club Partick Thistle Football Club. Shortly before his death, he bought 55 percent of the club's shares and handed them over to the community. In this way, the club's local fans can now determine the fate of the football club and Weir prevented a consortium that also seemed interested in buying from losing out.
Sources: "Independent", "Daily Record"