EuroMillions winner Margaret Loughrey is found dead

EuroMillions winner Margaret Loughrey who said £27million lucky dip ‘destroyed her life’ is found dead at her Belfast home

  • Ms Loughrey landed the huge win after matching five numbers and lucky stars 

A lottery winner who claimed her £27million jackpot ruined her life has been found dead by police at her home. 

Margaret Loughrey, 56, scooped the EuroMillions top prize eight years ago but famously said it had ‘destroyed her’.

Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland rushed to her home in Strabane after reports she had died suddenly.

The ambulance were also called but nothing could be done and she was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Ms Loughrey landed the huge win after matching five numbers and two lucky stars in the draw in November 2013, scooping £26,863,588.

Her neighbour and local councillor Paul Gallagher told reporters the town was in shock at the unexpected news.

He said: ‘Margaret was well known and did a lot of good, charitable work around the town.

Ms Loughrey landed the huge win after matching five numbers and two lucky stars

‘People are shocked today.’

A PSNI spokesman said: ‘Police received a report of the sudden death of a woman at the Ballycolman Lane area of Strabane on Thursday September 2.

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

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service confirmed they attended the scene on Thursday morning.

A NIAS spokesman said: ‘We were called to an emergency in the Ballycolman area of Strabane at 10.30am this morning. No patients were taken from the scene.’  

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