A self-described charity junkie won more than $145 million (£115 million) in the lottery.
With her husband, “Patty” Patrick, who was responsible for purchasing the winning lottery ticket, Frances Connelly has already handed out $74 million (£60 million), making her the talk of the country.
“There’s something about helping others that gives you a rush.”
As Connelly, 55, said in an interview, she has become “attached to it.” Ever since she could remember, Connelly has devoted her life to helping others. During her time as a student in Belfast, she helped with St. John’s Ambulance and established an AIDS hotline.
Her community organizations are involved in a wide range of activities, from assisting refugees to supplying elders with iPads so they may video contact their loved ones.
After winning the EuroMillions 2019 jackpot, she had several ideas for how she might assist others, and she utilized the money to establish two professional charities as soon as she could after winning.
She wasn’t overwhelmed, but rather remembered all of the chats she had had throughout her childhood about what you would do if you won the jackpot; the hierarchy of assisting had been well established by this point in time.
“I believe I’ve donated around 10-11 million dollars directly to charity, in addition to the money in the two charities here and in Northern Ireland, but I don’t maintain a track, in fact, I don’t keep a record in case Patty discovers it!” says the star.