A lottery winner who won £27 million ($37 million) in the EuroMillions lottery said that money brought her “nothing but grief.” Now, she was found dead in her home according to the police.
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.
Loughrey scooped the EuroMillions top prize eight years ago but famously said it had ‘destroyed her’.
She bought the ticket that landed the windfall when she was walking back from the Job Centre, living on benefits of just £58-a-week.
Her good luck saw Ms. Loughrey dubbed ‘Maggie Millions’ and allowed her to buy a property empire including a £125,000 bungalow, a pub, and a former mill turned leisure center – and give at least half away to good causes.
But she was sectioned four months after the draw and later described life as a multi-millionaire as ‘If there is a hell, I have been in it. It has been that bad.
Ms. Loughrey later claimed people had ‘stolen millions’ from her adding ‘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.’
“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.
At the most recent count, she said she only had £5million left and remarked ‘You can’t take your money with you. There is no shroud with pockets.’
Her sudden death is not being treated as suspicious and is a tragic end to her years of trouble.
When the ambulance arrived at her home in Northern Ireland, Maggie Millions was pronounced dead at the scene, and there was nothing for rescue workers to do because she could not be revived.
Her neighbor, Paul Gallagher, called Loughrey’s death a tragedy for the community.
“Margaret was well known and did a lot of good, charitable work around the town,” Gallagher, who is also a local councilor, said. “People are shocked today.”
A spokesperson for the PSNI added, “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.”
In another confirmation, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they arrived at Loughrey’s house on Thursday.
A NIAS spokesman said: “We were called to an emergency in the Ballycolman area of Strabane at 10.30 am this morning. No patients were taken from the scene.”