Lottery winners whose lives were ruined by ‘the curse’ after they hit jackpot

Michael Carroll was known as the Lotto Lout after he blew his £10million fortune on flash cars and partying.

And now the 35-year-old is working for a coal merchants firms, chopping wood and lifting heavy bags of fuel every day.

He starts work at 6am and is paid £10 a hour – a far cry from his luxury lifestyle that saw him dubbed the ‘King of Chavs’.

Along with Michael, who are the other jackpot winners who have fallen victim to the curse of the lottery.

Michael Carroll

The 35-year-old is possibly the most famous victim of the curse of the lottery.


He was just 19 when he won £9.7million in 2002.

But less than a decade later he had blown the lot.

His lavish life include new homes, drugs, parties, jewellery and fast cars.

He even built a banger racing track in the three acres of land surrounding his six-bedroom house in Norfolk.

But in 2010 he applied for his old job back as a binman and later earned £11 an hour in a biscuit factory.

Now he is enjoying a more simple life at the fuel yard in Moray, Scotland.

He told The Sun: "My £10million vanished in just 10 years and I don’t have a home or a car to call my own. But I’m not bitter. Easy come, easy go.”

Carroll regularly works 12-hour shifts and credits the new job with with helping his weight drop from 22st to 17st.

The position involves lifting eight-stone bags of coal, leaving him covered in soot, and chopping logs to burn in furnaces.

Adrian and Gillian Bayford

Adrian and Gillian Bayford were over the moon when they scooped a massive £148million lottery win in 2012.

But less than a year later the couple had split and misery seems to have followed them wherever they go.

Last year Gillian was charged with assaulting her ex-boyfriend, Gavin Innes, who she had furiously branded a "gold digger".

There was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case and the charges were dropped.


She married convicted fraduster Brian Deans, 37, in August in a lavish ceremony in St Andrews, Fife, six years to the day after she landed her jackpot.

Things haven’t been happy for her ex-husband either.

Following his divorced from Gillian, Adrian has another two failed relationships behind him.

His stable girl fiance Samantha Burbidge, 30, left him in 2017 and then he was dumped by waitress Lisa Kemp after she found messages to former flame Marta Jarosz.

He was rumoured to be considering a move to Australia.

Callie Rogers

Callie was the youngest ever lottery winner when she scooped £1.8million in 2003.

Former shop worker Callie blew £18,000 on boob jobs, £250,000 on cocaine, another £300,000 on clothes and gave away £500,000 to friends and family.

She told ITV’s ‘This Morning’ that she battled depression and tried to take her own life.

Now in her 30s, Callie says she’s much happier with her life as a working mum-of-three.

She added: "Not knowing who liked me for me, and having all the stress of all the money, I just wanted to go back to having a normal life. I still struggle with trust issues."


However, there was more heartbreak for Callie last year when she was attacked after she returned home following a night out.

She was left with two swollen black eyes, a ‘burst’ nose, swollen lips, blurred vision, two cracked ribs, and breathing difficulties in the ‘cowardly’, unprovoked attack at then boyfriend Jack Murray’s home.

Her face was so badly bruised that she could not see her two youngest children for two weeks for fear of alarming them, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Her attackers were jailed and Callie says she suffers panic attacks following the incident.

Roger and Lara Griffiths

The couple won £1.8million on the lottery in 2005.

IT manager, Roger, and his teacher wife, Lara, both quit their jobs and bought a luxury barn conversion in North Yorkshire, costing £800,000.

Griffiths also put £25,000 towards making a record with his old band from Lancaster University.

Despite investing in property and a beauty salon the housing crash saw the value of their property plumet.

The couple split in 2013 after their money had gone, with them both blaming one another for their loss in fortunes.

Jane Park

Jane was the UK’s youngest Euromillions winner, netting a £1million jackpot.

She quit her £8-an-hour job as an admin temp but says life was easier before her big win.

Jane, now 23, has even offered to pay someone £60,000 a year to date her.

She is launching a website where blokes can apply to be her boyfriend for a £60,000 annual “allowance” so they can wine and dine her.

A source told how she will film the interview process for a documentary, set to air next year.

She has also spent thousands on cosmetic surgery since her win, which she says has "ruined her life".

Jane has previously said: “At times it feels like winning the lottery has ruined my life.

"I thought it would make it 10 times better but it’s made it 10 times worse."

John McGuinness

John was working as a hospital porter when he won £10million back in 1997.

At he time he was earning just £150 a week and was living with his parents in their council house.

And he proved a natural at spending his new found wealth.

John gifted £3million to his family, £750,000 to his ex-wife and loved buying flash cars and going on luxury holidays.

But it was his lifelong passion for Livingston Football Club that eventually ruined him.

John ploughed £4million into the club, which then went into administration.

Because John had used his riches as a guarantee aainst the club’s loans, he was liable for all the debt.

He now lives as a virtual recluse and struggles to pay for food.

John Roberts

Security guard John won £3.1million in 1998 ut just three years later he was penniless.

He blew his winnings on cars, houses, luxury holidays and a string of unsuccessful investments.

John is rumoured to have been forced to live on handouts from friends and family after spending all of his winnings.

Jason and Victoria Jones

The couple had only been married for a month when they scooped their £2.3million win in 2004.

But fast forward 12 years and the couple admitted it ruined their lives.

The couple bought their own luxury home, a £70,000 sports car and started up an impressive property portfolio in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Mrs Jones struck up a friendship with businessman Mike Clare, who sold bed retailer Dreams for £222million in 2008, and she and her husband split.

She said: "The stress it gives you in life and even 12 years down the line, I’m still classed as a lottery winner and it’s horrible.

"It ruins your life. People treat you differently – it’s just not a nice thing."

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