Scots lotto winners worth £100m working as litter pickers

The winners got stuck in to cleaning up litter on Troon beach
-Credit: (Image: HANDOUT)


Scots lotto winners worth £100m have been spotted tackling litter on a popular beach.

The lucky few who scooped huge prizes on the lottery, including a £57.9m EuroMillions jackpot winner, have volunteered their time to scoop up harmful plastics on Troon beach.

The team of volunteers were out today sweeping the Ayrshire shore front for national environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The group collected several sacks of rubbish, including plastic bottles, plastic toys, wet wipes and cigarette ends.

They focused their efforts on South Beach and came away with several sacks of rubbish, ranging from plastic bottles and caps, string, rope, fishing line, wet wipes and plastic toys to cans, paper, cigarette ends and an array of other plastics.

The team’s biggest winner was Fred Higgins, from Perthshire, who netted a whopping £59.7m in 2018.

And the multi-millionaire was left shocked by some of the items that were being washed up on Troon’s South Beach.

Fred said: “I cannot believe some of the items which we have picked up. It really is quite unbelievable what can be washed up on our beautiful beaches.

Millionaire's Alison and John Doherty enjoyed the day protecting the coast
Millionaire's Alison and John Doherty enjoyed the day protecting the coast -Credit:HANDOUT

“The beaches are here for everyone and it is just fabulous to get involved in such a worthwhile project which so many people will benefit from!”

Alison and John Doherty, from Renfrewshire, who won £14M in 2016, were impressed by the clean-up operation.

Alison said: “It has been a truly wonderful experience working alongside Keep Scotland Beautiful and in an area I would frequently visit as a child.

“Myself and fellow winners support numerous charities throughout the year and it is always a great feeling to be doing something so worthwhile.

EuroMillions mega-winner Fred Higgins helped sweep the beach
EuroMillions mega-winner Fred Higgins helped sweep the beach -Credit:HANDOUT

“The coastline is close to my heart and Keep Scotland Beautiful has really made me think even further about all of the little things which we can all do to ensure we are all living in the best possible environments.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful hopes to continue to inspire people to combat climate change, tackle litter and waste, and restore nature and biodiversity in Scotland.

The charity has recently received five grants worth of £1.7m from the National Lottery.

Barry Fisher, CEO at Keep Scotland Beautiful, also joined the teams in Troon.

Volunteers filled several bags between them
Volunteers filled several bags between them -Credit:HANDOUT

He added: “It has been a very successful morning and we have really enjoyed working with the local National Lottery winners to help make a difference to this stretch of much-loved coastline.

“Our charitable work aims to inspire behaviour change to improve our environment, the quality of people’s lives, their well-being and the places they love. By carrying out litter picks we help to keep Scotland just that little bit more beautiful for us all – and I would like to thank everyone for their support.”

Full list of winners

  • Fred Higgins, from Perthshire, who won £59.7m in 2018

  • Alison and John Doherty, from Paisley, who won £14m in 2016

  • Libby Elliot, from Fife, who won £2.2M on Lotto in 2012

  • Pam and Jim Forbes, from Fife, who won £665K on EuroMillions in 2017

  • Brian and Ann Sharp, from East Lothian, who won £2M on Lotto, in 2010

  • Barry and Roberta Little, from Dumfries, who won £1M in 2013

  • Ken and Jeanette Wedgeworth, from Loch Ryan, who won £1M in 2016

  • Fiona and Bill McKenna, from Dunbartonshire, who won £1.2M on Lotto, in 2012

  • Jake and Barbara Bowman, from Forfar, who won £10.3M on Lotto, in 2016

  • Alan and Claire Gray, from Tranent, who won £1M in 2019

  • Steve Glover, from Lybster, who won £1M on Lotto last year.

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