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03rd Sep 2021

Irish EuroMillions winner found dead in her home

Sarah McKenna Barry

At this stage, her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Margaret Loughrey, who won the EuroMillions draw in 2013, has been found dead in her home in Strabane, Co. Tyrone.

The discovery was made yesterday morning, and her death is not being treated as suspicious.

According to the PSNI, officers attended the scene. A post-mortem examination is due to take place.

A statement from the PSNI read: “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 also attended the scene.

In a statement from the NIAS 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.”

Ms Loughrey was in her 50s. In Novemeber 2013, she scooped a grand total of £26,863,588 (€31,289,095) in the lotto draw.

A neighbour of Ms Loughrey’s, Councillor Paul Gallagher said that the town of Strabane was in shock.

He said: “Margaret was well known and did a lot of good, charitable work around the town. People are shocked today.”

At the time, she said that she bought the ticket the same day she picked up a job application to work with a charity.

In an interview with the BBC, she said: “It’s in my name at the minute, it’s £27 million, it’s not going to be mine, it’s going to be spread around.

“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.”

Ms Loughrey later said that winning the lotto “sent her to hell and back”.

In an interview with Sunday Life in 2019, she said: “Money has brought me nothing but grief. It has destroyed my life.”