National Lottery’s Biggest Loser

A cautionary tale of greed and excess that culminated in embarrassment and poverty. Everyone that has ever bought a lottery ticket needs to read this.

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National Lottery’s Biggest Loser – Michael Carroll

National Lottery’s biggest loser – a cautionary tale!

We all want to be rich and famous. The world loves a winner! Every week somewhere in the world, hundreds and hundreds of lucky lotto players get rich simply by picking 6 numbers and subsequently having those same numbers drawn electronically live on television.

Becoming rich and famous is just the beginning

Of course, knowing how to be rich is not everything. Winning the lottery is one thing, but keeping hold of the money is quite another. It seems that the life-changing opportunity that a mega win on the national lottery can give you is just too much for some people to handle. If, for example, you have spent your whole life in low-paid manual work then that probably signifies that you have little or no ambition and a sudden windfall of £1,000,000 or more may just be too much for you to cope with.

Does that mean that we should all stop trying? Hell no! Surely everybody deserves just once in their lives that incredible adrenaline-fueled high that happens when you pick up your cheque from a minor daytime celebrity to the popping of champagne corks and an avalanche of confetti.

National Lottery’s biggest loser

Take for example the story of Michael Carroll lottery winner. Known in the UK (not so very affectionately) as the Lotto Lout Michael Carroll, an ex-binman from Swaffham in Norfolk, discovered how to be rich when, in 2002 he scooped £9,736,131 on the UK National Lottery aged just 19. By all accounts, Michael had had a bit of a rough upbringing. His father died when he was just 10 years old though his parents had separated three years earlier. He subsequently had a succession of step-fathers at least one of whom used to beat him.

All these things certainly seemed to count against him when his bank account suddenly swelled to the tune of nearly £10,000,000. What is a young boy to do? Predictably maybe, Michael embarked on a drug-fueled orgy of excess.

Winning the lottery ruined my life

Was this a case of winning the lottery ruined my life? I don’t know, you be the judge. Certainly, as far as Michael was concerned he made the most of his all too brief time as a lottery winner.

When you are young, learning how to be rich and famous, and buying a large house and fast cars isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s really kind of accepted that this is what lottery winners do, it was probably the cocaine parties and hookers that really did for Michael. With apparently no real guidance Michael threw endless parties for his ‘friends’ for which he largely bought in the ‘entertainment’. But what he was really famous for were the demolition derby’s he held in his back garden.

Michael bought dozens of old bangers (cars) and had a race track set up in the garden of his house. Michael and his pals were known to hold races almost daily and frequently for 24 hours. Now it is easy to criticize here but let’s be perfectly honest, who amongst us (particularly the guys) would not want to be able to host a demolition derby in his own back garden? Excessive, yes. Frivolous, certainly. Jolly good fun, most definitely! Now although we wouldn’t advocate this type of behavior normally, and I think it is safe to say his neighbors certainly wouldn’t, it has to be said that Michael certainly had style.

The contents of this site including all blog articles and static pages are designed to be both fun and informative. Nothing in this blog is intended to show that taking part in any lottery will significantly change your life for the better, nor should this be inferred.

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