A couple who won a £32.5m National Lottery jackpot and promised to remain “Mr and Mrs boring and normal” have reportedly split up – but have found happiness with new partners who they are sharing their immense wealth with.
Gerry and Lisa Cannings, who were both teachers in Peterborough, made headlines when they waited for more than a week before claiming their huge prize in 2016. While people say money can’t buy happiness, it would appear that the Cannings have found true joy. with the new loves in their lives.
A friend told a national newspaper that suggestions “there was this dramatic split with affairs and things” were simply not correct. “It couldn’t be further from the truth,” they said. “The reality is Gerry and Lisa split and have both happily found new people to move on with.”
The pal said that “it’s fantastic” that Gerry has “found someone to help him enjoy all those millions he’s got in the bank”, because he “isn’t known as much of a spender”.
A neighboring farmer said that the community was “chuffed” for Gerry, because “he’s a decent fella” – but were “a bit envious that he doesn’t need to work”.
Meanwhile, a different friend said that Lisa has also found happiness – and is loving “the quiet life with her down-to-earth new man”. The friend said Lisa is “enjoying gardening and going on walks after years of slogging it out as a teacher”.
One of her neighbors said “it’s no secret” that Lisa has a new partner. Another said: “Good luck to them. They are good neighbors and keep themselves to themselves. It is a lovely, quiet village.”
Companies House records suggest that show Gerry and Lisa split during the Covid lockdown in 2020, reports The Sun.
Back in 2016, Lisa explained why they took a week to claim their millions. She said: “I know it sounds mad but we had a guy in to paint the whole house.
“We’d been planning it for ages and had packed everything into boxes. We just thought it would be easier to wait, although it did mean that Gerry had to carry round the winning ticket in his wallet all week. It was very nerve- wracking.”