A couple who won a £148 million EuroMillions jackpot are to divorce.

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Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Haverhill, Suffolk, scooped the second biggest ever lottery prize in August last year.

Jardine Michelson Public Relations issued a statement on Mrs Bayford’s behalf confirming the split.

It said: “Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated.

“Gillian requests that the media respect her and her children’s privacy and that of their wider family at this time.

“Gillian will be giving no further comment about this matter either now or in the future.”

Mr Bayford, 43, told the Sun that he had left the couple’s £6 million Georgian mansion and moved a 10-minute drive away to a £500,000 four-bedroom house in Suffolk.

At a press conference organised by lottery organiser Camelot after their win, mother-of-two Mrs Bayford, 41, said she hoped the windfall would allow the family to spend more time together.

At the time she was working nights as a healthcare assistant on the children’s ward at the Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge while Mr Bayford ran a record shop in Haverhill, which has since closed.

She said: “We have lived within our means and been comfortable but we have been like ships in the night to earn the income we needed.

“It will be fantastic to spend more time as a family now.

“This money has come at the right time for us and is going to benefit the whole family.”

4 comments

  • When can we expect to see them on Jeremy Kyle?

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    NigelS

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

  • Nobody but those involved can say whether this is a terrible misfortune or an opportunity. It may be that their marriage was already in trouble, perhaps only held together by the fact that they spent so little time together. Maybe in a slow spiral descent that only became obvious when they had the opportunity to stop their busy lives and look at themselves. At least they are relatively young and I hope they both find happy fulfilling relationships in the future. I think the saddest marriage breakups are those that happen when people are in their sixties. They work their guts out building a life for themselves, looking forward to retirement and then find the one thing they really don't like is each other.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

  • Money is the root of all evil, you only have to look at the avarice lot both national and local who run this country, corrupt you bet.

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    Old Long Balls

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

  • I know we would all like to win the lottery but when you look at the number of winners, whose lives have gone belly up afterwards, I think in retrospect not winning seems to be the more successful outcome.

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    BG

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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