EuroMillions winner: I'll give my ex a slice of jackpot win

Lottery winner Angela Kelly is happy to share some of her new £35.4m (€52.2m) fortune with her estranged husband, she said today.

Lottery winner Angela Kelly is happy to share some of her new £35.4m (€52.2m) fortune with her estranged husband, she said today.

And while the record jackpot has left her worrying about her family, she believes her 14-year-old son John is sufficiently “down-to-earth” not to go off the rails at the prospect of being a multi-millionaire.

The former postal worker from East Kilbride in Scotland admitted she had not considered whether her husband Gerry might want to lay claim to a piece of her fortune.

“I haven’t even thought about that, I don’t think Gerry has either. I think he’ll leave that up to me.”

She said Mr Kelly, who worked with her at the Glasgow sorting office, was “so happy for me and John, he’s over the moon for me”.

The couple have been separated for eight years, but their relationship has always been amicable and they “never got round” to divorcing because they didn’t need to and didn’t want to put their son through any more heartache, she said.

Mrs Kelly said the subject of whether her husband wanted some of the cash had not come up since she discovered she had won.

“There’s been no talk about it at all. He said ’Good luck, well done’, and that’s been it. There’s been no other talk about it at the moment.

“I’ll deal with it when it comes along. I need to take one day at a time, and sit down with Gerry and speak to him about what he’s looking for. He’s not an unreasonable man.

“We are still very friendly,” she added.

When pressed on whether she would be happy to give him some money, she said: “Of course I would.”

Mrs Kelly said her husband’s only concern was whether their son John was okay.

But she said while John was a “handful at times”, she had no worries the teenager would go off the rails in the face of more than £35m (€52m).

“If you’d met my son, you’d know he has not got that kind of personality, he’s a really down-to-earth wee boy and he’ll do what he’s told,” she said.

And she believes he’ll carry on working at school towards getting a job.

“His aspiration is to become a fireman, that’s what he’s aiming for and he’ll do it.”

Of course, the teenager has a long list of things he wants now that money is no object, including a PlayStation 3, which he was given yesterday, and a Nintendo Wii.

But his mother is not so sure about his request for a quad bike, which might have to wait until he’s older.

Otherwise, she has no plans to send him to a private school, and John does not want to move away from his friends, she said.

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