Lotto winner Gillian gives birth to lockdown baby at the age of 48

Lottery jackpot winner Gillian Bayford who scooped £148million gives birth to lockdown baby at the age of 48

  • The Scot who scooped £148 million in 2012 said she was shocked when she first found out that she was pregnant with daughter Emilie, who is now six months 
  • Ms Bayford said: ‘It was a bit of a shock at first. Because I’m older, people said to me “are you mad?” But I’d always wanted another baby’
  • Ms Bayford shared the huge Euromillions winnings with her then-husband Adrian, with whom she shares two children, aged 15 and 13 

Lottery jackpot winner Gillian Bayford has given birth to a lockdown baby at the age of 48.

The Scot who scooped £148 million in 2012 said she was shocked when she first found out that she was pregnant with daughter Emilie, who is now six months.

Ms Bayford told The Sun: ‘It was a bit of a shock at first. Because I’m older, people said to me “are you mad?” But I’d always wanted another baby.

‘So after a little bit I thought “I better get on with this then”. It’s really enjoyable being an older mum. It is like riding a bike, you don’t forget.’ 


Ms Bayford shared the huge Euromillions winnings with her then-husband Adrian in 2012, with whom she shares two children, aged 15 and 13 (pictured: outside Dundee Sheriff Court in 2020 after an ex-boyfriend accused her of assaulting him, left; and with ex-husband Adrian, right)

Ms Bayford shared the huge Euromillions winnings with her then-husband Adrian, with whom she shares two children, aged 15 and 13. 

But they split only 15 months later, blaming the stress of handling their newfound wealth for the end of their nine-year marriage. 

After they divorced Ms Bayford moved back to Scotland and married father-of-one Brian Deans, 40, in 2018. 

Her plans to start a family with Mr Deans were put on hold last year when a former boyfriend, Gavin Innes, accused her of beating him while they were together.

She was convicted of a breach of the peace and was admonished – meaning she was able to go free with a warning from the judge. 

Speaking of her new baby Emilie, Ms Bayford told The Sun: ‘As far as she is concerned I’m not a lottery winner, I’m just Mum.

‘Some things are easier because of the money but it doesn’t really change anything. You still have to change a nappy or deal with her being sick on you regardless of how much you’re worth.’ 

Ms Bayford, who runs a property business near her home in Dundee, insisted that baby Emilie won’t be spoilt despite the family’s vast wealth.

‘She’s not dressed in designer clothes. She’s not got anything different to her brother and sister,’ she told The Sun.

‘They all need to know the value of money.’  

Who is the biggest ever UK lottery winner? Two couples and a former car mechanic top list

Here are the ten previous UK winners of the EuroMillions draw so far

1. In July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir became Europe’s biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million.

The couple, who have been married for 30 years, said they were ‘not scared’ of the wealth because they were going to have ‘so much fun’ with the money.

The pair, a retired TV cameraman and a retired psychiatric nurse, from Largs, in Ayrshire, said their children Carly, a photography student, and Jamie, a call centre worker, would be bought their own homes and cars.

The family made a £1million donation to the SNP shortly after winning.

Colin and Chris Weir became Europe’s biggest lottery winners when they scooped more than £161million in 2011

2. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012.

The marriage ended just 15 months into their new jackpot winning lives, citing the stress of the money as the reason they needed to split.

At the time, a spokesman for Mrs Bayford said: ‘Gillian Bayford confirms that her marriage to Adrian has broken down irretrievably and they have separated.’

It came after Mrs Bayford was forced to deny she had an affair with the couple’s gardener, Chris Tovey. 

Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012

3. An anonymous ticket-holder took home £123m in July

4. Patrick and Frances Connolly from County Armagh scooped the entire £115million EuroMillions jackpot on New Year’s Day 2019

5. An unnamed ticket-holder claimed just over £113million in October 2010, and chose not go public. 

6. Neil Trotter, from south London, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014.

Neighbours in Croydon described he and partner Nicky Ottaway moved out ‘almost overnight’ after they scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last March.

Mr Trotter admitted at the time that he was like his namesake, Del Boy Trotter from Only Fools And Horses.

Neil Trotter, with partner Nicky Ottaway, won nearly £108million, going from former car mechanic to multimillionaire in March 2014

7. Steve Thomson and his wife Lenka, from West Sussex, became the UK’s biggest EuroMillions winners when they claimed a prize worth £105million in November 2019. 

8. A couple from Cambridgeshire, Dave and Angela Dawes, won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011.

Mr Dawes said he ‘didn’t sleep a wink’ the night of the win, as it was too late to call Camelot after the couple checked their numbers.

Last year, the couple were taken to court by his son, an Afghanistan veteran, Michael Dawes, 32, who said he was ‘ungenerous in spirit’.

But a judge ruled the millionaire father does not need to keep bailing out his son, who burnt through £1.6million in two years, and came back for more, failing to heed his stepmother’s advice to stop eating at the Ritz and go to McDonald’s instead.

Dave and Angela Dawes won more than £101million on their third go on the EuroMillions draw in October 2011

9. A UK winner got a £93 million payout in June 2015, but decided to remain anonymous.

10. The Davies from Wales family won £61million on the EuroMillions in 2016

Stephanie Davies, 23 is said to have ‘reluctantly’ purchased the ticket at the time after her mother Sonia called her from Florida begging her to go out and buy one.

Keith Reynolds, Sonia Davies, Stephanie, Courtney Davies and Steve Powell all scooped money on the jackpot and said they were the ‘luckiest people’ on the planet to have won. 

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