The Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa near Polmont, Falkirk and its staff helped Chris and Colin Weir from Scotland celebrate winning a whopping £161million in the National Lottery EuroMillion's draw.
Unsurprisingly, as Europe's biggest ever Lottery prize winners, the excited couple from Largs in Ayrshire were definitely the centre of attention at the packed press conference held in the Bruce Suite when Lottery officials handed over the cheque for a total of £161, 653,000.
Former TV cameraman Colin (64) and his wife Chris (55), a fully-trained psychiatric nurse, described themselves as "tickled pink" when they realised they had hit the jackpot by matching all five main numbers 17, 19, 38, 42 and 45 and the Lucky Stars 9 and 10.
And while attentive Inchyra staff ensured the champagne flowed, the couple revealed to the media they have already decided to indulge their passion for travel and art - and to buy a new house for both their son and daughter.
Following the press conference, Paul Bray, general manager of The Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa, commented: "It has been a wonderful day for Europe's largest Lottery winners and all of the staff at The Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa have really enjoyed helping the lucky couple relax and enjoy their win within the comfort of the hotel."
About Macdonald Hotels:
First established in 1990 by Donald Macdonald and colleagues Macdonald Hotels & Resorts operates over 40 hotels across the UK and ten resorts throughout the UK and Spain. Macdonald Hotels employs over 4,400 staff and operates in excess of 4,500 hotel rooms, offering UK hotel breaks and weekend breaks in the UK. Its focus is on developing its strong portfolio of four and five star hotels, with each offering its own character and individuality underpinned with the quality and attention to detail expected of the Macdonald brand. In particular, the company prides itself on the seasonality and provenance of its food within the hotels, from breakfast through to dinner, as well as its wide range of specially selected wines. As testament to the excellent level of service the Group provides, it has on numerous occasions won several prestigious accolades, most notably the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2007-08 and the National Customer Service Awards for Leisure and Tourism.
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