Poll: How would you spend �148m? That is the question facing a Haverhill couple who hit the Euromillions jackpot

IT is a question we would all love to face – just how would you spend almost �149million?

But a Suffolk couple will be asked that question for real today after being confirmed as the only winners of Friday’s EuroMillions draw. It makes the pair England’s biggest ever lottery winners.

The lucky couple, from the Haverhill area, have won �148,656,000. Their identities remained a secret last night, but they are set to be unveiled during a press conference later this morning.

The windfall has propelled them into Britain’s top 1,000 richest people alongside the likes of the world’s wealthiest chef Jamie Oliver and former Beatle Ringo Starr, who both have fortunes estimated at around �150m.

So, how on earth do you spend the best part of �150m?

You could buy a private island – Children’s Bay Cay, a 167-acre island in the Bahamas, is on the market for �19m.

If you would like a nice pad in London, Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich owns an eight-bedroom home in Knightsbridge worth an estimated �150m, complete with Harrods as its corner shop.

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If you were a football fan, the world’s most expensive footballer Cristiano Ronaldo went from Manchester United to Real Madrid for �80m. Maybe Barcelona’s Lionel Messi would be in reach?

One of the world’s most expensive cars is the �1.5m Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport. A fleet of 100 would be possible.

Alternatively, you could have a third share of the �376m yacht Eclipse – the world’s most expensive.

News of the win was met with shock and excitment in Haverhill last night.

Haverhill councillor Anne Gower described the news as “incredible”.

“I hope it brings them happiness,” she added. “It’s quite a huge burden when you win that amount of money.

“Any spin-offs and publicity for the town and anything that they might want to do for the town would be brilliant. We’ve got some brilliant charities in the town.”

The ticket is UK’s second biggest lottery win behind Ayrshire couple Colin and Chris Weir, who scooped �161.6m in July 2011.

It also means they are now among the very richest people living in or with links to Suffolk – a list which includes the likes of Bernie Ecclestone (�2.5bn), Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans (�625m) and Kirsten Rausing (�3.9bn).

The Haverhill couple will celebrate and reveal their plans for the future at press conference today. It’s being held at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Bishop’s Stortford.

A spokeswoman for Lottery operator Camelot said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the ticket-holder into our millionaires club, joining the 2,900 millionaires created by the National Lottery to date.”

Tell us how you would spend the money.

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