A MUM who became known as Britain’s most generous lottery winner after giving away most of her £7.6million windfall has died aged 77.
Barbara Wragg had endured five years of ‘hell’ caused by ill health, said her husband Ray, 80.
‘It is so very sad because Barbara, who had given so much to the NHS, both working for them and charitable donations, didn’t deserve this,’ he said. ‘She was so kind and caring.
‘She was naturally like that, even before the lottery win.’
Mr and Mrs Wragg won the National Lottery on January 22, 2000, with the numbers 7, 9, 10, 40, 41 and 44, but gave away more than half their fortune.
It allowed thousands of people to benefit while the couple maintained a relatively modest lifestyle.
It is thought they handed over £5.5million to family, friends and 17 charities, benefiting hospitals in their home city Sheffield.
Mrs Wragg said at the time: ‘£7.6million is too much for one couple in their 50s and 60s to spend. As soon as we knew we’d won we made our decision to give much of it away.’
The pair did move into a bigger home from the humble council house they had bought for £10,000 in the 1980s.
But they sold their old property at a bargain price, enabling a young family to buy it from them.
They went on Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises, having previously holidayed in Torquay, Devon, for 31 years in a row.
But they also donated 30 TVs for children in a hospice and picked up the bill for 250 inner-city pupils to go to a Christmas panto. They paid for 50 World War II veterans to visit Italy for the 60th anniversary of the battle of Monte Cassino in 2004.
Mrs Wragg died on Monday with her family — including children Mark, 54, Shaun, 48, and Amanda, 44 — at her side in hospital. She suffered complications after surgery to remove gall stones.
The ex-nursing assistant had also had a mastectomy after breast cancer and suffered from hip and back pain.
Talking about her generosity, she once said: ‘It’s probably a bit selfish giving money away sometimes because we did get pleasure from it.’