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Winning millions on the lottery could well be the greatest gift imaginable – but there can be downsides.
Here, we take a look at some Brits who scooped life-changing money after buying a lottery ticket before going on turbulent spending sprees.
From a woman who splurged her cash on cocaine and plastic surgery, to a man who splashed out on sex workers and extravagant holidays, here are the most extreme British cases.
Jane Park was 17 and was working as an admin temp for £8-an-hour when she became the youngest EuroMillions winner in history in 2013.
However, last year she described being glad that the lottery age restriction was raised to 18 – because she said she “hated” winning the prize.
Jane said she would “cry herself to sleep” after bagging an enviable £1,000,000.
She was initially so overwhelmed by the money that she even offered to pay someone a whopping £60,000 a year to date her.
The 26-year-old influencer from Edinburgh told LADbible: “Literally it came to a point where I was like 'I hate this'.
"I remember just thinking 'I'm so young' and 'Why would anyone put someone this young through these emotions'.
"I remember my nana saying 'It's like giving a kid a gun in their hand and not telling them what to do with it'. I understand how easily your life could just spiral out of control. I could feel it happening."
Incredibly, Callie Rogers was just 16-year-old when she pocketed £1.8million in 2003 at a time she was earning £3.60 an hour as a checkout girl.
The out of control teenager, who lived on a council estate in Cumbria with her foster parents, reportedly went on to splash out £250,000 on cocaine
She also spent £300,000 on clothes and £18,000 on boob jobs – but despite being wild, she also gave away £500,00 to friends and family.
Callie is now 33 and a mum-of -three and is on benefits.
In 2003 she told Closer Magazine: “I was a local celeb and people would come up to me in pubs as if they were my best friend and I felt pressure to buy them all drinks. I didn't know who to trust.
"It was too much money for someone so young. Even if you say your life won't change, it does – and often not for the better. It nearly broke me, but thankfully, I'm now stronger."
On the day Mikey Carroll collected his £9,736,131 Lotto prize, the convicted criminal was wearing an electronic tag for being drunk and disorderly.
The part-time binban knew his life was about to change forever – but not for all the right reasons.
That’s because his millions left him skint, homeless and nearly dead.
He lost his mammoth prize money within just three years after embracing a hedonistic lifestyle of drugs, booze and sex workers.
Rather than the cash making him happy, he would down a half bottle of vodka before getting into bed at night.
He became infamous for getting into trouble and showing up at court in flashy cars while swigging beer cans.
Mikey even claimed he slept with 4,000 women thanks to his fortune – and he said he took three lines of cocaine each morning.
His marriage eventually collapsed and he attracted the attention of gangsters, while one morning he found his six dogs with their throats slit.
He ended up homeless but he now has a new relationship and he works as a coal delivery man .
Mickey said: “I’m a skint lottery winner. It’s got me quite a few women so I don’t mind.
“I’m happy. I don’t have to look over my shoulder any more, no one’s going to hit me over the back of the head and rob me.
"I reckon I’m lucky to be alive. If I still had the money I’d probably be six feet under. It didn’t go wrong – it was the best 10 years of my life for £1.
"I wouldn’t want to turn the clock back. But I live a good, free lifestyle now and I’m happier because I’ve got my life back.”
Colin and Christine Weir
It’s now been over 10 years since Colin Weir and his ex wife Christine won a whopping £161million in the EuroMillions.
The pair, from Ayrshire, Scotland, became some of Britain’s most generous lottery winners because of their selflessness.
But Colin spent money at an alarming rate and pumped cash into cars, jewellery, property and his favourite football team, Patrick Thistle.
His wild new lifestyle led to him splitting from his wife in 2018 – where he had already spent or gave away £40million.
He died a year later aged 72 – and treated his pals from beyond the grave with a luxury £1million bash at the Trump Turnberry.
One of his pals told the Daily Record : “Colin was certain before he died that he wanted to give his pals a great party to remember him by.
“So he booked out one of the biggest rooms at Trump Turnberry Hotel and treated all of his friends to the biggest and grandest party any of us had ever seen.
“It was amazing.”
Margaret Loughrey, from Strabane, Northern Ireland, was found dead at her home last year aged 56.
She won a massive £27million in 2013 but later said it “destroyed” her life.
Before the win she was living off £71 a week and was walking back from the job centre when she decided to buy a lotto ticket.
But the millions brought her misery, and she once said herself: “Money has brought me nothing but grief. It has destroyed my life.”
Two years after claiming the prize she was ordered to do 150 hours of community service after assaulting a taxi driver.
Her weight reportedly dropped to five-and-a-half stone at one point while her mental health deteriorated.
She was also said to have “chased” her family members out of her life despite gifting them £1million each.
Regardless of her troubles, she was known in her community to give money to locals who wanted gastric bands or expensive surgery for ill children.
She died in September last year and her death was not treated as suspicious.
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