148m lotto pair are ‘living apart’

A Carnoustie woman and her husband who won 148 million in the Euromillions Lottery have separated.

It was reported today Gillian and Adrian Bayford, who won in 2012, were living apart.

On Twitter Adrian Bayford confirmed the split. “Yes, me and Gillian aren’t together anymore but we are still friends and get on,” he wrote. “There’s nothing nasty happening. It is all good.”

Mr Bayford maintained the lotto win was not the reason for the separation. “We have just gone our separate ways. The win has nothing to do with it. Things weren’t great before the win but me and Gill have remained friends.”

A spokesman for Mrs Bayford said: ‘Gillian confirms her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated. Gillian will be giving no further comment.”

The Bayfords shot straight into the UK rich list after landing the massive prize.

Mrs Bayford’s numbers came up in July, but her identity was only revealed in August.

Although Mrs Bayford has spent many years living in Suffolk with her husband, she was born and raised in Carnoustie.

The couple took a helicopter trip to visit Gillian’s parents Brenda and Ian McCulloch and her brother Colin in Carnoustie in the days after scooping the jackpot.

The 148,656,000 win, is the second largest jackpot in UK history, just behind the 161 million scooped by a Largs couple in July 2011.

Mrs Bayford quit her job as a healthcare assistant at the children’s ward of Addenbrooke’s Hospital but her husband went back behind the counter of his music shop in Haverhill, Suffolk. However, he stopped working at the store and has become director of Turnmill United Football Club.

It was reported the pair had bought a 6 million mansion in East Anglia and a fleet of cars.