Orgies, coke and EuroMillions 10-min win – lottery winners who splurged it all
Winning the lottery is a dream, but it is something that can soon turn sour if people blast away their money.
Some winners have been unable to cope with the cash, developing obsessions with things like using sex workers and buying cocaine.
A grandmother in London, Margaret De Micheli, 72 thought she had won a life-changing £34million EuroMillions jackpot for around 10 minutes before realising she had the wrong numbers.
For her, the money would have b een a dream, but even those in a difficult situation when they win can find themselves in trouble.
All eyes will be on Joe and Jess Thwaite after their record-breaking EuroMillions win in May.
The couple won an eye-watering £184mil, to set them on their way to a lifetime of happiness, as long as they play their cards right.
What happened to Michael Carroll?
Prostitutes, gold and BMWs: former binman Michael Carroll went wild after his National Lottery win in 2002.
Raking in over £9mil, Michael said he "only started to think about three things", which were "drugs, sex and gold".
He told the Sun: "The dealer who introduced me to crack has more of my lotto money than I do."
Michael's wife divorced him in 2003 after she accused him of cheating on her and he pursued "Roman-style orgies" after she left.
Gaining himself an Asbo along the way, he was bankrupt by 2010 and was found chopping wood and delivering coal in 2019, having remarried his ex-wife.
It is a tale as old as the time footballers became vastly overpaid; young people often can't cope with money and Callie Rogers was no different when she won at the age of 16.
In 2003, she was Britain’s youngest lottery winner when she scooped £1.87mil.
Lavish parties, boob jobs, clothes and drugs saw the now-mum-of-four eventually end up on benefits with no cash to spare.
Though she gave away half a million to family and friends, she ended up struggling and was even assaulted at one point, with her children taken away from her.
She told Closer magazine in 2013: "I got up late and lived on takeaways. And so-called mates would come over until the early hours to party.
"Suddenly, 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."
Lee Ryan bagged himself an incredible £6.5mil shortly after the lottery was launched in 1994.
A £2mil mansion, helicopter and cars quickly turned into a lost fortune when he claimed he "took the p**s out of God".
By 2010, the last of his money was blown on a dodgy investment scheme in Kyrgyzstan.
It seems money really can't buy you happiness, and this was very much the case with the tragic story of Margaret Loughrey.
The Northern Ireland woman took home an unbelievable £27mil in 2013, claiming benefits at the time.
She told the BBC after her win: "No point having £27m and being lonely. That can’t make me happy, that can only make me happy that everybody else’s happy and so far everybody is absolutely delighted."
Margaret said in 2014 she planned to give away her fortune and keep £1mil for herself.
Later, she was sentenced to 150 hours of community service in 2015 after being convicted of assaulting a taxi driver.
She died alone in her bungalow in late 2021 with the police saying her circumstances were not suspicious.
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