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Despite hitting the jackpot and getting rich beyond their wildest dreams, too many lotto winners have suffered horrific tragedies that has garnered the myth of the "lottery curse".
These tragic acts range from the breakdown of marriages to losing everything they own – and the tragedy continued this week when EuroMillions winner Margaret Loughrey was found dead at her home.
The 56-year-old pocketed the £27million jackpot in 2013 after purchasing a ticket on the way back from the Job Centre.
Although the riches made her Northern Ireland's biggest winner at the time, she admitted that the life changing amount of money didn't bring her happiness.
She reportedly claimed: "Money has brought me nothing but grief. It has destroyed my life."
The death is the latest tragedy connected with UK lottery winners over the years.
In 2002, part-time binman Michael Carroll bagged a whopping £9,736,131 on the National Lottery after purchasing a ticket in an electronic tag, The Sun reports.
The 19-year-old instantly copped a £340,000 on a six-bedroom home in Norfolk and spent a further £400,000 on upgrades, including a swimming pool and even a car track in the garden.
He then spent £1million on shares in beloved football club Rangers FC and continued to spend his money on lavish parties.
His wife, Sandra, left him just a month after their wedding in 2003 after accusations that he had been cheating with sex workers.
It is understood that Michael was spending £2,000 on cocaine in a single day and would throw what he called "Roman-style orgies" at his mansion.
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“I only started to think about three things – drugs, sex and gold,” he said.
“The dealer who introduced me to crack has more of my lotto money than I do."
Fast forward nineteen years and Michael, now 38, has lost his entire fortune and was found to be working for £10 an hour chopping wood in 2019.
Another pair of lottery winners who lost everything were Roger Griffiths and his wife Lara – who netted £1.8million on the National Lottery in 2005.
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Roger and Lara, an IT manager and performing arts teacher, both quickly quit their jobs and proceeded to live the high life – flying on lavish holidays, splashing out on a £800,000 barn conversion and buying multiple flashy cars to play with.
Keen wannabe rock star Roger spent £25,000 making an album with his old band from Lancaster University.
Tragedy began to strike when the couple invested in a beauty salon and property around the same time as the financial crash which saw the value of their new portfolio plummet rapidly.
And then a second huge blow to the couple came on New Year's Eve 2010, when the couple's uninsured home went up in flames.
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It was announced in 2013 that the couple had no money left to their name and had split up for good, each blaming the other for their spiralling finances and bad luck.
Roger said: “When you’re told you’re a millionaire, it feels limitless. We had played the Lottery for years – when I found out I’d won, it was overwhelming.”
Britain's youngest ever Lotto winner Callie Rogers was in a car crash while on cocaine and is now reportedly on benefits after blowing her massive winnings of £1.8million she won when she was 16.
The mother of four, now 33, fled with her boyfriend after her Hyundai crashed off a country lane.
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Ms Rogers reportedly had to be pepper sprayed after the crash and is now on Universal Credit after splashing out £1.87million.
The mum of four’s tragic fall from grace was unravelled in court.
Ms Rogers and her then-boyfriend Jason Fearon, 31, were chased by police before she failed a drugs test, which led her to recieve a 22-month driving ban.
This transpired after the lottery winner blew thousands on parties, boob jobs, drugs and designer clothes – leaving her with nothing to show for it decades down the line.
It comes after years of squandering the Lotto jackpot she won in 2003 when she was 16 and a £3.60-an-hour shop assistant.
Rogers also gave lots of her money away to family, friends and acquittances – and was tragically attacked as a result of her new-found fame.
Gillian and Adrian Bayford's life turned upside down in 2012 when they pocketed an astronomical £148million.
But just 15 months after their crazy win, their marriage ended explosively with both sides blaming the other for their stress in handling their new-found riches.
The pair have since made headlines for their future relationships, with Adrian shacking up with ex-horse groom Samantha Burbidge, who is 16 years his junior.
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Three years later, she ran from the £6million house and took 30 horses, a horse box and a car he had gifted to her to get back with her ex-boyfriend.
Then earlier last year, Gillian was convicted of attacking her ex-boyfriend Gavin Innes during their fleeting relationship, which ended in 2017.
Back in April, Gillian came under fierce criticism when it was revealed she'd claimed nearly £40,000 in furlough cash for her property business despite her huge winnings.
At the time she said: "I'm not paying it back."
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