A TRAGIC EuroMillions winner's brother revealed that she "chased" the family away after giving them £1million gifts.
Margaret Loughrey, 56, scooped the staggering £27m jackpot eight years ago, and gave loved ones money before cutting off her family and friends.
Previously Ms Loughrey said the money had “destroyed” her life, after she matched five numbers and two lucky stars to take home the jackpot.
The lucky winner splashed out on a six-bay showroom to keep classic cars beside a new home she never got to live in.
She had a collection including a vintage motorbike with sidecar, a VW Campervan, a classic VW Beetle and a vintage Land Rover jeep.
Her brother, Paul Loughrey, has now revealed that he "knew" the money wouldn't be good for Margaret.
He also revealed how the EuroMillions winner cut off her family and "didn't want to know them anymore" following her win.
Paul, 52, told the Mirror: “I was the first to be told. We were close right up until the money. But from that day I knew.
"I told the rest of the family this is not going to be good for Margaret.
“I was the first to be told to go. It was very sad. She just didn’t want to know us anymore.
"She didn’t want us in her life but still she gave us the money.
“It doesn’t make sense, does it? But she made sure we were all OK.”
Margaret was had just finished her dream home when she was found dead earlier this month – and Paul has now said all his sister’s assets will go to charity.
She was discovered dead at her home in Strabane, Northern Ireland.
Although he believes EuroMillions officials did their best to support his sister, Paul said that they should look at limiting jackpot prizes.
Paul said: “It’s time the Government look at the size of jackpots. They need to be capped.
"A person working in a factory or a call centre like I was can’t deal with money like that.”
Margaret matched five numbers and two lucky stars to win £26,863,588 in 2013 – the largest ever jackpot won in Northern Ireland at the time.
She said at the time she had been to a job market to get an application form for a charity job when she bought the ticket on a whim.
Despite her huge win, Margaret continued to live in her hometown and vowed to "spread" the cash around.
Following her win, Margaret splashed out on a string of properties – including a pub, houses, and a mill.
But the jackpot caused her life to spiral and in 2015, she was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service after being convicted of assaulting a taxi driver.
Three years later, she had to pay £30,000 to a former employee for bullying and firing him on a “vindictive whim”.
Margaret later said the win had "sent her to hell and back" even though she was living on benefits and unemployed at the time.
She also claimed she was left with just £5million in 2019 and said she had been targeted by thieves.
Margaret added: "Money has brought me nothing but grief. It has destroyed my life.
“I have had six years of this. I don’t believe in religion, but if there is a hell, I have been in it. It has been that bad. I went down to five-and-a-half stone.”
Police confirmed they were called to Margaret's humble home following reports of a "sudden death".
Councillor Paul Gallagher added she should be remembered for the good things she has left behind. He said: “Covid has put a mighty strain on charities.
"She had her troubles but Margaret has helped with the survival of these groups and those benefits will be felt for a long, long time to come.”
The operator of the National Lottery said: “Camelot takes its duty of care to winners very seriously and all major winners are offered support and advice for as long as they wish.”
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