Lottery winner finds happiness working in biscuit factory

Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll, the man who called himself 'King of Chavs' after winning £9.7 million on the lottery in 2002, says he has finally found happiness, working in a biscuit factory for £6 an hour. Carroll hit the headlines for the spectacular speed at which he spent the money - being declared bankrupt eight years later.

So is this the oddest job for a lottery winner?


Since Carroll's win at the age of 19, life has had its ups and downs. His marriage failed, he has been in jail twice, and according to the Daily Mail, he even slept rough at one point.

Now the Mirror reported that he has moved to Scotland to be closer to his daughter, found a council house, and is working in the biscuit factory. He told the newspaper: "I get £204 every week for packing and stacking shortbread and cookies and I love it. I treasure those wages more than any £9million fortune. I've got all I need so this is a new start for me."

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Lottery-winners and their jobs

Packing biscuits is an unusual job for a lottery-winner, but is it the strangest?

It's not that uncommon for lottery winners to carry on working after scooping a jackpot. The experts recommend that people don't make any quick decisions about spending, moving or quitting their jobs, so 41% of all lottery-winners actually carry on working for a while.

In May this year, a district nurse was back on the night shift hours after winning £1 million. Back in January a bingo supervisor was called in the middle of her shift to let her know she had won £1 million. She heard the news and then went on to finish her shift.

Some winners move into voluntary work, to help them give their time to causes close to their heart. In fact according to Camelot, this is the preferred route for 31% of lottery winners.

Others buy their own business. Some 15% start their own business and 9% fund the business of a friend. Sandra Fosbrooke hit the headlines at the end of last year after her daughter advertised her party on Facebook and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage. Fosbrooke was out at the time: working a shift at the pub she bought with her winnings.

Others, however, return to work in somewhat less than glamorous environments. Carroll's biscuit factory job is a strong contender for the most unexpected. He is no stranger to unusual jobs for a former lottery-winner. In 2010 he was back to working as a bin man - the job he had when he first won the money.

Luke Pittard from Wales won £1.3 million in 2006, but after buying a house, taking a luxury holiday and getting married, he decided he'd had enough, so returned to work as a trainer for McDonalds. He said: "To be honest, there's only so much relaxing you can do."

And Carl Prance, a millionaire from Wales returned to work on the railways. He had quit his job after winning, but after spending a few months on holiday he decided that he missed his job, and he missed the trains, so he went back to work.

But what would you do? Would you quit forever, or would you go back to work?

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