Our dad won a fortune on EuroMillions… but it was the WORST thing that ever happened to us & ripped our family apart | The Sun

THE son of a lottery winner claimed he and his brother were left with nothing after their dad won EuroMillions – labelling it the worst thing that ever happened to them.

Alex Robertson was one of a dozen bus drivers from Corby,Northants., to scoop a share of £38million on the EuroMillions.

Mr Robertson's share, which he won a decade ago, was worth £3.1million – but it sparked a feud between him and his sons, who claimed he refused to share any of the cash with them.

Alex Jnr, 45, and brother William, 44, claimed their dad gave them just 200 cigarettes from the win.

And William was later charged with harassing his Lotto-winning dad by sending him threatening text messages.

Alex Jnr told The Sun at the time: “This lottery win was the worst thing that ever happened to us — it ripped our families apart."


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He also admitted: “We ended up taking hammers to his two new 4×4 Shoguns.

"We walked up his driveway at 11 o'clock at night and put two claw hammers through the windows of the car.

"We then reported ourselves to the police.”

The case of harassment against William was dropped in 2013 after his dad decided against flying from Spain to give evidence in the trial.

Defence lawyer Paul Harkins said at the time: “The allegation is one of harassment.

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“It takes the form of three text messages which were sent on September 25 last year. The prosecution say they amount to harassment, we say they don’t.

“Mr Robertson Snr was a very lucky man. In March last year, he was part of a syndicate of 12 bus drivers from Corby who scooped £38million. His share was £3.1million.

“Money clearly is no object for this man to jump on an easyJet flight to be in the country. Today he chose not to be."

The rules of the British National Lottery are clear – only the person named on the winning ticket is entitled to the cash.

And the Robertson brothers are not the only family members to have lost out on a fortune when a relationship turned sour.

Kirk Stevens, from Hucknall, Notts, believes he is due a share of his ex-girlfriend Laura Hoyle’s £3.6million jackpot.

Laura had been living with him rent-free when he suggested she pay £25 a week into the lotto instead of contributing to the mortgage.

The arrangement paid off big time when they struck gold – but Kirk is now reeling after Laura dumped him, moved into a smart new house and cut him off from the jackpot loot.

Meanwhile, Jim Hogg, from Drongnan, Ayrshire, thought his wife should get a chunk of the £100,000 won by ten people in his syndicate – because the good fortune was down to her getting one digit muddled up.

Wife nan hadn't paid in and the other nine winners were only willing to give her £1,000 as a thank you in 2009.

Another loser was Dawn Watson, who confronted her pal Beverley Caskie when the Newcastle woman collected a cheque for £1.4million from Camelot in 1998.

The work colleagues had a written agreement to share any winnings, but Beverley insisted the deal was annulled when Dawn moved to a different job a week earlier and didn’t put her numbers on.

Tony Holmes also lost his share of £2.2million in 1997 – as well as his good relations with his brother Eddie.

Eddie, of Batheaston, near Bath, Somerset, had little sympathy with Tony and four other members of a 25-strong syndicate who didn’t keep up their payments.

He said at the time: “They knew the rules.”

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Tony said: "I have been a member of the syndicate from day one which is nearly two years.

"I am devastated. I think they should have chipped in a little bit."

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