Lottery winners who lost it all

Sarah Coles
Michael Carroll - Kings Lynn Magistrates Court
Michael Carroll - Kings Lynn Magistrates Court

A lottery win is meant to be a happy ending. Most players have already pictured how they will spend the money, and how it will finally mean the end of whatever irks them most in life - whether it's worrying debts or a job they hate.

However, in reality, it doesn't always work out that way. In some cases lottery winners find themselves with nothing in the bank and nothing to show for the windfall that was supposed to have changed their lives. We reveal five winners who blew it all.

1. Callie Rogers
Britain's youngest lottery winner took home £1.9 million at the age of 16 in 2003. Last year she said it had been a curse. She said in an interview that she had spent the money quickly, on cosmetic surgery, holidays, partying and drugs. She met the father of her two eldest children within weeks of winning the money and says during their relationship she spent £250,000 on cocaine. In 2013, ten years later, she said she was finally happy - with just £2,000 in the bank.

2. Michael Carroll
The so-called 'King of Chavs' (pictured at the age of 22) won £9.7 million in 2002 at the age of 19, and was declared bankrupt just eight years later. His life since the win has seen more than its share of ups and downs. His marriage has failed, he has been in jail twice, he has claimed benefits for a while and even slept rough at one point. In 2013 he said he had finally found happiness working in a shortbread factory for £6 an hour.

3. Roger Griffiths
Roger Griffiths won £1.8 million in 2005, left his job, and splashed out on a few things - like £25,000 on getting his old band back together to make a record. He also invested in property and in a beauty salon - which were meant to set him up for the future. Unfortunately the salon failed and he couldn't make mortgage repayments on the properties, so he lost those too. Last March he was working as a recruitment consultant and spending much of his income repaying debts.

4. John McGuiness
John McGuiness, a former hospital porter, won £10 million on the National Lottery in 1997. He gave £3 million to his family, and splashed out on a flash car. However, the investment that undid him was the £4 million he put into Livingstone Football Club. The club took out loans against the money he had invested and then went into administration, leaving him with nothing. In 2008 he owed £2 million.

5. John Roberts
Former security guard John Roberts won £3.1 million in 1998, but the Edinburgh man made a lot of poor decisions very quickly. He bought 40 expensive cars, appeared in court twice for speeding, and says that former friends persuaded him to make some terrible investments. He even thought he had bought a pub, but later discovered that his name had never been on the deeds. By 2001 he'd spent the lot, and even run up debts of £20,000.

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