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THANKS A MILLION Tragic Margaret Loughrey's kindness revealed as charity reveals millionaire donated fortune in secret

One of Margaret's last acts of kindness was donating a car and a "substantial" sum of money to a charity to help those with disabilities in her home town

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Tragic Euro lotto winner Margaret Loughry, who died last week in Strabane Co Tyrone.

Tragic Euro lotto winner Margaret Loughry, who died last week in Strabane Co Tyrone.

Tragic Euro lotto winner Margaret Loughry, who died last week in Strabane Co Tyrone.

One of Margaret Loughrey's last acts of kindness was donating a car and a "substantial" sum of money to a charity to help those with disabilities in her home town.

The kind contribution - to Strabane's New Horizons Partnership - was one of many the tragic multi-millionaire had kept anonymous in her unlucky life as a jackpot winner.

Following her £27 million windfall in 2013, the 56-year-old "isolated" herself from friends and family as she struggled with the dark side of becoming one of Ulster's richest women.

However, she secretly kept a close connection to the Co Tyrone-based training and community support service that helps school leavers and adults with intellectual difficulties and even availed of their services.

Manager Anne Ramsey told the Sunday World: "New Horizons Partnership Ltd heard the devastating news of Margaret's sudden death - it came as a shock and is extremely sad.

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Margaret's dream home in Strabane, Co Tyrone.

Margaret's dream home in Strabane, Co Tyrone.

Margaret's dream home in Strabane, Co Tyrone.

 

"New Horizons Partnership Ltd were extremely fortunate to receive a vehicle and substantial sum of money to assist in the provision of our services to learning disabled client in the greater Strabane area.

"She requested that her donation and support remain anonymous as I believe is the case with her many benefactors."

Ms Loughrey - dubbed Maggie Millions - was found dead on the sofa of her Ballycolman Avenue home on Thursday, almost eight years after scooping the huge Euromillions prize. Police said her death is not being treated as suspicious. Her family - many of whom are understood to have little contact with the Strabane woman in recent years - are awaiting the results of a post-mortem which was due to take place on Friday.

Last week, her brother Paul spoke about the tough final weeks of her life, and told how she had been battling a mystery illness but had refused to see a doctor.

Mr Loughrey also revealed how his sister had planned out her "non-religious" funeral and requested that her remains be cremated and transformed into a pebble to be placed on the Co Donegal beach where spent her happy childhood.

"She is going to be cremated on Monday or Tuesday and she wants her ashes turned into a pebble, like a stone," he said.

"This pebble is to be left on Marble Hill beach because Margaret was always so happy when she was there with our dad.

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"When we were children, my mother and father took us there a lot. I think it was when Margaret was always at her happiest."

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Margaret chats with our reporter after her lottery win.

Margaret chats with our reporter after her lottery win.

Margaret chats with our reporter after her lottery win.

He added: "Everything is with her solicitor, even the arrangements for her funeral. The family is not organising anything.

"I don't think there is even going to be a proper funeral. She didn't want one. She just wanted to be cremated with no fuss.

"Her family will be there, but that's it. She wasn't religious at all, so there will be no religious service.

"I think it is beautiful what she is doing."

Paul also told the Daily Mail that although they have yet to be informed of Margaret's cause of death "she didn't take her own life".

"We definitely know that," he said.

"She was very sick for a couple of weeks, but she refused to go to the doctor and refused to go to the hospital. She was very frail.

"The lottery win done none of us any good, let me tell you. The day that she won it, I said, 'Life is never going to be the same, this is going to destroy some of us here'.

"It was too much for Margaret to deal with. It was a lot of money. I couldn't have dealt with it. Personally, I wouldn't have wanted it."

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The linen mill.

The linen mill.

The linen mill.

Her body was discovered in the £125,000 cottage she bought right next door to her dream home which had recently been finished.

However, after briefly living in the huge barrel-roofed converted barn where she planned to live alone, she moved back to the quaint and tiny bungalow where she had isolated herself with her two terrier dogs.

Pictures of the huge converted build show how Margaret - who couldn't drive - had built a a glass-fronted garage showroom containing a fleet of modern and classic cars including a VW Beetle, a yellow Mini, a VW camper van and Land Rover, and a white-painted vintage motorcycle.

A £70,000 Jaguar XJ50 was also being kept at the property.

The showroom is directly opposite the high-end Ballycolman Avenue house, called The Barn, which Ms Loughrey began renovating in 2019.

It is unclear what exactly will happen to the huge home she never had a chance to enjoy.

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