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Winning the lottery is a pipe dream for many of us but what happens when that dream becomes a nightmare?
Yesterday (May 11), one lucky Brit scooped the biggest Euromillions jackpot of all coming away with a record £184million.
They can now afford to buy Premier League football teams, mansions, yachts and planes but if history tells us anything they would be careful with their new wealth.
Because although the streets of Camelot are paved with gold, they can also be very treacherous to navigate as the fates of some previous winners have proven.
From drug addiction to spiralling debts and prison time, the life of a lottery winner can be anything but plain sailing.
In 2012, Matt Topham's life was irreparably changed after he scooped £45 million on the EuroMillions jackpot.
Topham splashed out fancy cars with his new winnings but it would all end in tragedy seven years later when he was involved in a tragic Christmas Day crash.
Topham caused a head-on crash on a country road near Louth on Christmas Day 2019 which caused the death of 75-year-old Jane Reglar.
He turned around to look for his son’s teddy bear in the footwell of his BMW X6 and veered into the opposite carriageway.
The tragedy happened as Jane Reglar and her husband, Rodney, 78, were returning from a Christmas lunch.
Jane was sadly killed in the incident and Rodney was injured.
Topham admitted causing death by careless driving at Lincoln Crown Court, but was cleared by a jury of causing death by dangerous driving.
Drugs, booze and sex parties
In 2002, Michael Carroll scooped a £9.7 million jackpot at the tender age of 19.
Still working as a binman and wearing an electronic tag from a previous misdemeanour, Michael was completely blown away by his change in fortunes which was a recipe for disaster.
After the high of his win, Michael, unfortunately, struggled with addictions and squandered much of his fortune on cars, sex parties, drugs and copious amounts of booze.
By 2013 he was bankrupt and is now enjoying a life away from the spotlight.
He once joked to The Sun: "The dealer who introduced me to crack has more of my Lotto money than I do. But I don't regret any of it."
In 1997, hospital porter John McGuinness won £10million and soon learnt the hard way not to mix business with pleasure.
John was quick to gift millions to his family and even spared hundreds of thousands for his ex-wife.
But he made the fatal error of investing €4.6million into his football club Livingston FC which then went into administration.
Because John had used his riches as a guarantee against the club's loans, he was liable for all the debt.
Plastic surgery and cocaine
Too much honey at too young an age can make even the hungriest bear cub sick, as Callie Rogers found out.
In 2003, she became the youngest ever lottery winner when she scooped an incredible £1.8million at the age of 16.
However, she would go onto regret her winnings and spent unwisely.
Charged to her winnings were reportedly fees of £18,000 on plastic surgery, £250,000 on cocaine, another £300,000 on clothes and she also gave away £500,000 to friends and family.
She later told ITV's 'This Morning' that she battled depression during the pressure of winning and tried to take her own life.
Now in her 30s, she said much happier with her life as a working mum-of-three.
She added: "Not knowing who liked me for me, and having all the stress of all the money, I just wanted to go back to having a normal life. I still struggle with trust issues."
An empty fortune
Jane Park won an incredible £1million jackpot on the EuroMillions aged just 17, while working an £8 an hour job.
But she later threatened to sue, after claiming it had ruined her life. Speaking to the Sunday People, she said: “I have material things but apart from that my life is empty. What is my purpose in life?”
"I thought it would make [my life] ten times better but it’s made it ten times worse.
"I wish I had no money most days.
"I say to myself, ‘My life would be so much easier if I hadn’t won.’"
Financially rich, emotionally shattered
It's previously been feared that the jackpot curse could be real.
Couple Colin and Christine Weir scooped the biggest ever lottery win – £161m – in 2011.
But they split in 2019 after 38 years of marriage
By the time Mr Weir died aged 71, in December of that year, the father of two had managed to get through half of his share in just eight years.
He had shared it widely among family and friends, including generous donations to his beloved Patrick Thistle FC, charities, a political party, trust funds for the common good and property investments.
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One of the most beautiful things about the Lottery is truly anyone can win it, however that also means some wronguns are also eligible too.
Camelot was previously fined £3million after accepting a fraudulent claim for £2.5m from convicted rapist Edward Putnam.
He was jailed for nine years for fleecing Camelot in Britain's biggest lottery fraud.
The rapist bricklayer conspired with Camelot insider Giles Knibbs who had access to vital information about unclaimed tickets.
While on leave from prison, he claimed an unclaimed £2.5million ticket that had been bought in Worcestershire in March 2009.
Despite Camelot's concerns over the validity of the ticket, they shelled out.
But his secret win was exposed after he claimed he was living in poverty to carry out a cynical benefits fraud.
In 2019, he was jailed for nine years, after Knibbs took his own life in 2015.
Mark Goodram and Jon Watson used stolen debit card details to buy a lottery scratchcard that won £4million.
The pair from Bolton, Greater Manchester were jailed – but not before they went on a four-day bender after scooping the prize.
Suspicious Camelot officials refused to pay out after Goodram revealed he didn't have a bank account for the cash to be paid into.
The pair denied fraud but then pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 18-months at Bolton Crown Court in December.
Iorworth Hoare won a whopping £7.2 million on the National Lottery in 2004 – while in prison after being convicted of attempted rape.
He brought the ticket at an Asda in Middlesbrough in 2004 while on weekend leave from Leyhill open prison, a year before he was freed.
He has spent 30 years in jail since 1973 for one rape, three attempted rapes and two indecent assaults.
His victim successfully campaigned for the law to be changed so she could sue Hoare for damages.
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