The Scottish National Party takes offerings from Euromillions winners for upcoming election campaign.
Chris and Colin Weir, a Scottish couple were the lucky winners of the Euromillions jackpot back in 2011. The latter, accessible through land-based or mobile betting in the United Kingdom, made the Weirs richer by GBP 161 million.
Euromillions jackpot winners can donate their profits to any organization, political or otherwise, under the British gambling laws. The Scottish National Party, may now have the financial backing to contend seats in central Scotland.
The Weirs have already donated a total of GBP 6.5 million from their Euromillions lottery profits to the SNP. Other millionaire party members include Sir Brian Souter, the Stagecoach founder. He has contributed a total of GBP 2.6 million between 2007 and 2014.
SNP which boasts over 90,000 members has been sharply criticized for depending too much on millionaires’ money. However, an SNP spokesman explained that they rely heavily on membership and direct donations ‘to work for Scotland’.
SNP is hoping donations like that of the Weir’s Euromillions lottery winnings, will help their upcoming campaign. Especially since they lost the ‘Yes Scotland’ Scottish Independence referendum in early September.
The Labour party is under duress to come up with more funding to keep their 20 seats in constitutions such as South Perthshire and Falkirk.