What young National Lottery and Euromillions winners did next – from OnlyFans star and botched bum lift to skint coalman

What young National Lottery and Euromillions winners did next – from OnlyFans star and botched bum lift to skint coalman

TO win a lottery jackpot is most people's dream – but for those under the age of 25 who've scooped millions before they know how to handle money, it can often become a nightmare.

As their lives dramatically change overnight, many have said that with great wealth comes a whole host of unimaginable problems too.

The UK's youngest lottery winner Callie Rogers showed off her dramatic new look this week.

So what happened to her and some of the other young jackpot winners? We find out.

Violent assault & living on benefits

Callie Rogers

As well as undergoing a radical physical transformation, Callie has been on a personal roller coaster since winning £1.8m aged 16 in 2003.

At the time of her win, she was living in foster care and working as a checkout girl earning just £3.60 an hour.

She admitted to Closer Magazine in 2013: “It was too much money for someone so young.

"Even if you say your life won't change, it does – and often not for the better. It nearly broke me, but thankfully, I'm now stronger."

She splashed the cash on parties, plastic surgery and drugs, and in 2018, she said she thought she was going to die following an assault by two women on a night out.

She was knocked unconscious, her teeth were smashed, her ribs broken and she suffered permanent damage to her sight.

It was reported earlier this year the mum-of-four had received a driving ban after crashing her 4×4 into a hedge while she was under the influence of cocaine.  

In March, it was also reported the former millionaire was claiming Universal Credit.

A personal tragedy

Jane Park

Jane, from Edinburgh, won £1m in 2013 at the age of 17, after buying her first ever lottery ticket.

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The teenager quit her £8-an-hour admin job and splashed out on cars, holidays, clothes and plastic surgery.

In 2013, she spent £4,500 on a boob job to go from a 34B to 36FF, and spent thousands on a botched bum lift in Turkey.

She later considered suing lottery bosses in 2017 after claiming the big win ruined her life, but is now on her way to making her second million through her successful OnlyFans account.

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."

In 2019 the Euromillions winner was left devastated when she tragically suffered a miscarriage just days after announcing her pregnancy and showing off her baby bump.

'Ten years of fun for a pound'

Michael Carroll

Known as the "Lotto lout", Michael Carroll won a whopping £9.7m in 2002 at the age of just 19 while he was working as a binman.

He earned his lout reputation after blowing his money on booze, drugs and sex, gaining the title "King of the Chavs", and also appeared in court more than 30 times.

Now, he's is a skint coalman who works seven days a week, but swears he's "happier now".

Michael, who now lives in Moray, told The Mirror: "It didn’t go wrong – it was the best 10 years of my life for a pound.

"I don’t look back with any regrets that’s for sure. It was 10 years of fun for a pound, you can’t go wrong with that.

"I wouldn’t want to turn the clock back. But I live a good, free lifestyle now and I’m happier because I’ve got my life back.”

A devastating car crash

Matt Topham and Cassey Carrington

Couple Cassey and Matt won over £45m in February 2012 when they were both just 23.

However despite winning a life-changing amount of money, they kept the wedding venue they had booked before the win, and refused to upgrade any of their plans.

Speaking in 2019, Cassey said: “We try to keep things normal. Our friends and family wouldn’t allow us to be big-headed or extravagant. Matt cleans the car, I do our weekly shop at Asda or Tesco.”

However tragedy struck when Matt was involved in a fatal crash on Christmas day 2019, momentarily distracted by his young son and causing the death of a 75-year-old woman.

After admitting careless driving, earlier this year Topham was handed a 16 week sentence suspended for two years, as well as a 12 month driving ban and a curfew.

McDonald's to millionaire…and back

Luke Pittard

McDonald’s worker Luke won £1.3million in 2006 aged 25 but ended up going back to work flipping burgers in the fast food chain where he was paid £5.85 an hour.

Luke, from Cardiff, applied to get his old job back 18 months after his win because he missed his old workmates.

He said: “They all think I’m a bit mad but I tell them there’s more to life than money.

“I loved working at McDonald’s before I became a millionaire and I’m really enjoying being back there again.”

It seems there really is truth to the saying that money doesn't always buy happiness.

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