Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Lotto millionaire found dead

Stuart Donnelly, pictured celebrating a £2 million lottery win in 1997, has been found dead.

Police are investigating the death of one of Britain's youngest lottery jackpot winners.

Stuart Donnelly was found dead at his home in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, on Wednesday morning.

The 29-year-old won almost £2 million when he hit the jackpot in November 1997 aged 17. He was one of 13 people to share the £25 million jackpot.

The former trainee pharmacist from Neilston in Renfrewshire spent his winnings on a new home for his parents, an executive seat at Celtic Park and a new house for himself in secluded Buittle Bridge, in Castle Douglas.

He also gave £15,000 to Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow, where his younger brother was treated for a genetic disorder.

But in a 2003 interview, he told of the strain of winning the lottery at such a young age.

He said: "It was very hard to deal with all the attention I got. I even had people camping outside my house. It put a huge strain on me and my family."

On his page on social networking site Bebo, Mr Donnelly admitted that he was scared of socialising and listed his activities as: "Sleeping, watching TV, listening to music, surfing the net. Basically, anything that involves not leaving the house."

A message left on the page on Thursday read: "Can't believe you're gone. I'm gonna miss you a hell of a lot. R.I.P"

A Dumfries and Galloway police spokesman said there were no suspicious circumstances behind the death and that a post mortem was being arranged.

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