Bankrupt ‘Lotto Lout’ warns of the perils of winning the National Lottery
Lottery fever gripped Britain last week with one of the largest jackpots ever whilst in America, a $1.6 billion dollar Powerball caused a frenzy of epic proportions. Today, however, stark warning of the negative effects that come with a win came from Michael Carroll, a man who won £9.7 million on the National Lottery in 2002.
In comments to the Mail Online, Carroll – who subsequently lost every penny through living a profligate lifestyle – stated:
“The kind of money this couple have won is kidnapping money. I only had £9 million. They [David and Carol Martin, the couple who won £33 million last week] have got three times as much as me”.
“And there really are some people who will see it as a way of making money. Things went wrong straight away. I got my first death threat the day after I won and I’ve had thousands ever since”.
With a lottery win, undoubtedly comes the ability to enjoy the finer things in life but with it also comes a new set of problems. Jackpot winners would be best advised to tick the anonymity box and though living a lie and not declaring where such newfound wealth comes from, it can only be better than living under the constant fear of being attacked or even killed.
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