Euromillions son takes winner to court

Dave and Angela Dawes in court battle with son over Euromillions win

Lottery winner, David Dawes, has won a court battle against his son Michael, who wanted more of his £101 million jackpot. The judge ruled there was "no basis on which any rational or normal human being could conclude that they could go back for more money whenever they wanted."

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David Dawes won £101 million on EuroMillions with his wife Angela in 2011 (pictured). The pair gave David's son Michael almost £1.6 million in the two years after the win. He and his partner James Beedle spent £550,000 on a house in Portsmouth, where Michael lived. They also gave £250,000 to James' family. Michael also gave up his job in IT, and by 2013, their share of the money had run out.

According to the Daily Mail, David told the court that he had no idea that so much money had been given away, so he was shocked when his son asked for more money in 2012. At that point, he continued to top up his funds. However, by March 2013, he grew concerned at how his son was burning through cash, so called a family meeting.

The Telegraph reported that David and Angela agreed to pay off some of the couple's debts, but made it clear they would not be handing over any more money. That November, David and Michael argued, when Michael asked for £5 million more: they have not spoken since.

Michael then took his father to court, but the judge was unimpressed. He said it was not reasonable for Michael to have expected a never-ending flow of cash. He added that Michael and James' spending was 'astonishing'. They were spending £20,000-£30,000 a month at one point - including a £1,000 grocery bill. And he dismissed the claim.

David and Angela have given £30 million of their win to family and friends - including £1 million to each of their children. They also set up their own charity.

Family rows

This isn't the only family who have fallen out in the aftermath of a lottery win. Gillian Bayford (a £148 million EuroMillions winner) fell out her father and brother Colin. The story hit the headlines last year, when she revealed the win had torn them apart. She said she gave them £20 million of the win, but they came back for more.

In 2013, Alex Robertson, who won £3.1 million as part of a syndicate of coach drivers, was in the news after falling out with his son - also called Alex. His son told the papers that his father had said he would get nothing - and that all he'd given him was 200 cigarettes for his birthday.

However, while any family row is hard to bear, they may be able to console themselves with the fact that one lottery winner had an even tougher time with his family. Jeffrey Dampier won $20 million on the Illinois Lottery in 1996. In 2005 he had an affair with his sister-in-law, and lavished her with gifts and a home. Unfortunately for him, she was just stringing him along, and all the time she was plotting with her real boyfriend to rob him. To make matters worse, during the robbery something went wrong, and Jeffrey was shot and killed.

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Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire scooped 161 million in the EuroMillions draw after several rollovers in 2011. They are the biggest British lottery winners in history.

Adrian Bayford, who won an astonishing £148m on the Euromillions with his wife Gillian, had to shut up the music shop he owns, because people targeted it with requests for money.
One British ticket won  £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public.
Car mechanic and racing driver Neil Trotter scooped a staggering £107.9 million jackpot on the Euromillions lottery in March 2014.
Dave and Angela Dawes won £101 million on the EuroMillions in 2011. It was only the third time the couple, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had played the lottery. The couple are said to have since split up.
The sum was won in May 2010 but the winner kept their identity a secret.
One lucky British ticket-holder picked up a £81million EuroMillions rollover but remained anonymous.

Nigel Page and Justine Laycock from Cirencester bagged a £56 million jackpot back in February 2011. On winning the jackpot, Page said: 'I'd already checked my National Lottery account and had seen I'd won £55 on Lotto when I decided to buy two Lucky Dips for the big EuroMillions jackpot on Friday.'

One lucky winner won shy of 50 million but chose to remain anonymous.

Les and Sam Scadding from Newport, South Wales, and a syndicate of seven Liverpudlian call-centre workers shared a staggering £91 million in November 2009. Les, an unemployed mechanic, was £68 overdrawn on the day he bought his ticket, while the Liverpool syndicate only started playing EuroMillions together four months before their win.

Carrington, 22, from Stapleford in Nottingham, banked £45 million after matching all five numbers and two Lucky Stars in a EuroMillions draw in February 2012. The Iceland supervisor said she planned to marry painter fiancee Matt Topham, 22, following the Lucky Dip win.

Husband and wife Gareth and Catherine Bull have fairly modest spending plans despite their £40.6 million jackpot win in January. Speaking about what she planned to do now that she was rich, Catherine explained that she intended to use part of their winnings to replace the carpet on her upstairs landing...

Angela Kelly became one of the biggest lottery winners in UK history back in 2007, after scooping a £35 million EuroMillions jackpot. This is estimated to earn £5,000 a day in interest alone, meaning she's unlikely to ever be short of cash.

In June 2009, 74-year-old Brian Caswell got the surprise of his life when he took his lottery ticket to his local newsagent and discovered he'd won almost £25 million.

Belfast housewife Iris Jeffrey, 58, was the lucky holder of the record 20.1 million rollover lottery winning ticket back in 2004.

Jeffrey, 58, a cancer sufferer, only realised three weeks after the draw took place that she had won the  jackpot after organisers Camelot pleaded for the person holding the prize ticket to come forward and claim the prize.

Stephen Smith and his wife Ida from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, won nearly 19 million in the National Lottery. Mr Smith said he would give up his winnings if he could have his health and the chance to live a longer life with his wife.

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