As National Lottery hits 5,000th winner here are its most memorable millionaires:
Ever since the UK Lotto was launched way back in 1994, millions have dreamed of scooping life-changing sums of cash – but for some winners, the reality sadly failed to live up to the dream
The number of millionaires created by the National Lottery hit 5,000 last month when David and Donna Stickley, from Slough, Berkshire, landed a £21million rollover jackpot. Donna discovered their winnings after walking around with their ticket in her handbag for more than a week. After checking the ticket during a shopping trip last Saturday – a week after buying it – Donna discovered they had won some money when she was told to call Camelot as the shop could not pay out prizes over £500 Ever since Lotto was launched way back in 1994, millions more of us have dreamed of scooping life-changing sums of cash.
Michael Carroll – £9.7million
Former binman Michael “Mickey” Carroll won £9.7million in 2002 at 19 while wearing an electronic tag – and set out on a path of chaotic self-destruction that nearly killed him. The “King of Chavs” blew millions on cocaine, gambling, hookers and gold bling. He spent £700,00 on a house in Swaffham, Norfolk, and made a race track where his mates would deliberately smash up vehicles and set them ablaze.
He was given an ASBO for terrorising neighbours and was twice jailed for drugs offences and affray. As his fortune drained away he sold the wrecked house for £140,000 and ended up working in a slaughterhouse. He once admitted: “My crack dealer has more of my Lottery money than I do.”
Pete Kyle – £5.1million
Ex-soldier Pete Kyle won £5.1million in 2005 and vowed it would change his family’s life. And for a while it did. The former Royal Artillery gunner, then 52, took relatives on lavish holidays and splashed out on boats, cars and a five-bed mansion with a bar and pool. But he also made a series of bad investments and at one point was reportedly getting through £4,600 a day. By 2008 he was broke and living on benefits. He moved into a budget guest house in Plymouth, where he earned his board and lodgings doing odd jobs for the owner – even as bailiffs were said to be knocking on the door of his luxury former home.