Jackpot wins and eye-watering payouts have transformed the lives of thousands of UK tickets holders during 20 years of the National Lottery. Here, we look at some of the more memorable winners:
:: The original “King of the Chavs” Michael Carroll was 19 when he won £9.7 million in 2002. Petty criminal Carroll, of Downham Market in Norfolk, became known as the ”Lotto lout” when he collected his jackpot wearing an electronic tag. In 2010 he said he was being forced to sell his house and wanted to work as a dustman after squandering his fortune. He also spent time sleeping in a forest while looking for employment. More recently, he was working in a biscuit factory in Scotland but was said to be enjoying a lifestyle of modest means.
:: Iorworth Hoare, from near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was dubbed the ”Lotto rapist” after scooping £7.2 million in 2004 when he bought a Lotto Extra ticket while on day release from prison. Details of his rape conviction came to light after the win. The High Court later ordered that he pay close to £100,000 to his victim in a landmark ruling. His bill for legal fees reportedly reached almost £1 million.
:: Mark Gardiner, a glazier from Hastings, Sussex, won a half share of £22.6 million in 1995. Years later he spoke about how the money had ”ruined my life”. He told the Daily Mail he was met with jealously, false allegations and legal claims from ex-girlfriends. ”If I could turn the clock back, I would move to a different area,” he added.
:: Callie Rogers, from Workington in Cumbria, became Britain’s youngest ever lottery winner at 16 when she won £1.9 million in 2003. Ten years later she said she had frittered the money away on drugs and alcohol and became so depressed she attempted suicide. The mother of three said she had been left with just £2,000 but added: ”I’m finally truly happy.”
:: Stuart Donnelly, who became Scotland’s youngest jackpot winner when he picked up almost £2 million in November 1997 aged 17, was found dead at his home in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, in January 2010. Police said the 29-year-old recluse’s death was not suspicious. In a 2003 interview, Mr Donnelly told of the strain of winning the lottery at such a young age. Mr Donnelly had previously written on social media his hobbies were: ”Sleeping, watching TV, listening to music, surfing the net. Basically, anything that involves not leaving the house.”
:: Roger and Lara Griffiths, from Wetherby in West Yorkshire, netted £1.8 million on the National Lottery in 2005. He had worked as an IT manager and she as a performing arts teacher but both quit their jobs. Mrs Griffiths later spoke of how the win wrecked their marriage while Mr Griffiths said he had been left with just £7 in the bank. She told ITV that she had been forced to sell her collection of designer handbags to get by.
:: Not everybody has let the money affect them. Gareth and Catherine Bull, from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, scooped £42 million two years ago but say they have changed little in their lives. The couple, who are married with two children, are regular volunteers at their local social club and continue to shop at discount supermarkets. Mr Bull told the Telegraph: “We were boring before and we’re boring now.”