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Tributes as pools win legend Viv Nicholson dies at 79

By Alex Diaz

Published 13/04/2015

Viv Nicholson
Viv Nicholson

Legendary football pools winner Viv Nicholson, who shot to fame when she said she would "spend, spend, spend" her £152,000 winnings in 1961, has died aged 79.

Mrs Nicholson and her husband Keith, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, took just three years to spend their prize money - equivalent to £3.5m today.

Her son Howard said she had died following a long fight against dementia after developing the condition in 2009.

In a statement posted on her website, he said: "Viv was a one-off in all ways - a loving and loved mother, a glamorous great grandmother and a friend to many."

A West End musical celebrating Mrs Nicholson's life premiered in 1999.

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