Lotto winners who it's all gone tragically wrong for- including Thomas Markle

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While galore imagination of winning the lottery, it is not ever the way to a blessed beingness - with immoderate winners feeling their beingness really suffered pursuing the prize.

Meghan Markle's begetter Thomas scooped $750,000 successful 1990 - but atrocious investments meant helium filed for bankruptcy successful 2016.

Meanwhile, Michael Carroll from Norfolk was known arsenic the Lotto Lout aft helium blew his £10million luck connected flash cars and partying earlier asking for his aged occupation back as a bin man.

Here FEMAIL looks at those who've experienced the lottery curse...

There are a fewer Lotto winners for who it's each gone tragically incorrect aft they won hundreds of thousands oregon sometimes millions but extremity up penniless. Thomas Markle, the Duchess of Sussex's father, scooped $750,000 but filed for bankruptcy successful 2016


Thomas Markle won $750,000 connected the California authorities lottery successful 1990 when Meghan Markle was conscionable nine. 

The begetter of the present Duchess of Sussex utilized her commencement day for 1 of the numbers successful the winning ticket. 

Markle sent a person to prime up his lottery winnings from Chicago, according to The Times. 

Author Andrew Morton, claimed successful his publication Meghan: A Hollywood Princess that the triumph paid for Meghan's backstage schoolhouse fees, mounting her connected a way to acting occurrence and yet to gathering Prince Harry – who she joined successful May 2018.

The Hollywood lighting technician won $750,000 connected the California authorities lottery successful 1990 erstwhile Meghan Markle was conscionable 9 (pictured with her begetter and parent Doria Ragland)

After sending Meghan to backstage school, Thomas besides utilized his winnings to assistance his lad Thomas Jnr to acceptable up a angiosperm store and helium bought girl Samantha Markle a car.

In the build-up to the royal wedding, her brother Thomas Jnr told The Mail connected Sunday: 'If Meg marries Harry she'll person won the lottery of beingness - but dada winning the lottery helped america all.

'That wealth allowed Meg to spell to the champion schools and get the champion training. Meg is idiosyncratic who has ever had laser focus. 

'She knows what she wants and she doesn't halt until she gets it.

'She was ever the family's princess but present she's going to beryllium a existent princess and I couldn't beryllium much proud.'

Tom besides said that his dada mislaid a immense chunk of the wealth aft investing successful a jewellery concern that failed and Thomas ended up filing for bankruptcy successful 2016.


Gareth and Catherine Bull, from Nottinghamshire, landed a staggering £40.6 cardinal EuroMillions jackpot successful 2012 - but their narration came to an extremity aft it emerged Gareth had embarked connected a nine-month matter with a pistillate who runs a barroom successful Tenerife 

It had antecedently been revealed that Catherine (right) was made alert of the narration aft spotting the brace during TV sum of an Anthony Joshua combat successful 2017

Gareth and Catherine Bull, from Nottinghamshire, landed a staggering £40.6 cardinal EuroMillions jackpot successful 2012.

But Catherine, 40, was pictured successful 2017 without her wedding ringing which led to rumours of a divorce.

It turns retired Gareth had embarked connected a nine-month narration with a caller pistillate Donna Desporte connected a lads' vacation successful Tenerife, wherever she runs a bar, portion helium was inactive joined to Catherine.  

It had antecedently been revealed that Catherine was made alert of the narration aft spotting the brace during TV sum of an Anthony Joshua combat successful 2017.

The mates subsequently divorced successful October that year.

Mother-of-four Donna, from Bournemouth, wrote a publication astir her clip with ex-bricklayer Gareth called Google Me, No Lies.

In 2017, Donna told the Sunday Mirror of her nine-month romance with the lottery winner, revealing however helium had splashed retired connected ­expensive trips and VIP events, including a nighttime astatine the BAFTAs.

Mother-of-four Donna Desporte (pictured) wrote a publication astir her clip with ex-bricklayer Gareth called Google Me, No Lies

She said helium had wanted to support their narration a concealed to debar giving his woman ammunition if they were to split.

The book, whose rubric was a notation to the alleged speech that played retired betwixt them erstwhile they archetypal met, had been the taxable of erstwhile tribunal hearings. 

Last twelvemonth Gareth was granted an extended civilian restraint bid banning Donna from bringing tribunal actions against him pursuing a High Court battle.  

The imperishable injunction restrains work of 36 passages from the publication and 4 photographs taken by Gareth 'privately during their relationship'.

Donna argued that she had a close to springiness her broadside of the communicative and refute allegations she was a 'whore and a golden digger', but the justice ruled determination was nary ineligible nationalist involvement successful her penning astir their intersexual relationship.


Jane Park, from Edinburgh, was conscionable 17 erstwhile she won £1 cardinal aft getting fortunate with her first-ever EuroMillions summons successful 2013

Jane Park, from Edinburgh, was conscionable 17 erstwhile she won £1 cardinal after getting fortunate with her first-ever EuroMillions summons successful 2013.

The jackpot victor paid for a boob job, Brazilian bum assistance and splashed retired connected a drawstring of luxury holidays and manner accessories.

The quality has repeatedly stated that winning the EuroMillions prize ruined her beingness and she adjacent threatened to writer lottery relation Camelot for negligence, claiming idiosyncratic her property shouldn't person been allowed to win.

She has confessed that it was lone the proposal of household members which stopped her going bust aft she went connected a spending spree.

In 2018 Jane said she 'nearly died' aft undergoing the 'bum lift' process pursuing the decease of Leah Cambridge during a akin country successful Turkey.

She suffered 3 bosom attacks astatine the Elite Aftercare session successful Izmir, Turkey, wherever respective world stars person besides undergone the surgery.

Speaking connected This Morning, Jane revealed that she underwent a bum assistance successful June 2017, but was near 'swollen from caput to toe' and successful 'constant pain'.

Jane antecedently revealed she underwent the arguable Brazilian bum assistance successful 2017 aft 29-year-old Leah Cambridge died during the process successful Turkey 

'It was horrible,' she said. 'I couldn't adjacent unfastened my eyes. It makes maine sick reasoning astir it.

'When I woke up I was precise acold and sore and I was told "you'll travel circular successful a bit" and erstwhile I did I got up to spell to the toilet and I was genuinely swollen from caput to toe.

'I thought I was going to die. I didn't cognize what was incorrect with maine and they said I'd had a absorption to the section anaesthetic.

'The aftercare wasn't bully astatine all. I was crying and successful pain. I was conscionable told "you've paid to person this done".'  

Meanwhile, she warned of the dangers of winning immense amounts of currency connected the lottery and getting successful implicit her head.

Speaking connected This Morning, Jane revealed that she underwent a bum assistance but was near 'swollen from caput to toe' and successful 'constant pain'

She said: 'It is precise casual to walk the wealth and erstwhile you go alert that it is yours and however overmuch you person got it becomes adjacent easier.

'You deliberation "Oh good I've got the wealth truthful I tin walk it". It conscionable becomes easier to bargain much worldly that you don't needfully need.

'My household said to maine "You person spent a spot of it now, you request to deliberation astir investing it". So past I got immoderate spot and enactment immoderate distant successful the bank.

'At immoderate constituent I had to instrumentality their proposal oregon it could person went a wholly antithetic way.

'It was precise overwhelming. I thought I was this monolithic celebrity. I thought I was Simon Cowell celebrated with my £1 cardinal erstwhile I wasn't.'

In 2019, she revealed she was making wealth by selling racy topless pictures of herself connected subscription tract OnlyFans.


Callie Rogers, from Cumbria, scooped £1.8million successful 2003. After splashing it on drug-fuelled parties, she said it astir broke her but thankfully she's 'now stronger'

Callie Rogers, from Cumbria, was Britain's youngest ever lottery victor erstwhile she scooped £1.8million successful 2003. 

She won the jackpot erstwhile she was conscionable 16 earning £3.60 an hr arsenic a checkout miss astatine the Co-op. 

At the time, she was surviving with her foster parents successful Cockermouth.

Within weeks she met Nicky Lawson, begetter of her eldest 2 children, and moved into a £180,000 bungalow.

Callie Rogers, from Cumbria, was Britain's youngest ever lottery victor (pictured successful 2003) 

But 5 years later, her narration fell apart, starring to Rogers attempting suicide.

At a peculiar debased point, her children were taken distant from her, and she splashed £17,000 connected a boob occupation to assistance with her confidence.

She lavished herself with 3 bosom enhancement surgeries, drug-fuelled parties and £300,000 worthy of decorator clothes.

Callie also gave astir fractional a cardinal pounds to friends and household - and was brutally assaulted aft gaining notoriety successful her section area.   

She said she was targeted by radical who pretended to beryllium her friends lone to siphon her wealth away.

In 2018, she revealed however she thought she was going to dice aft being assaulted by 2 women connected a nighttime out.

It was reported that the lottery victor was claiming Universal Credit contempt her 2003 triumph (pictured connected This Morning successful 2018)

She was knocked unconscious, had her teeth smashed, ribs breached and suffered imperishable harm to her sight. Marie Hinde, past 38, and Jade Quayle, past 27, were jailed.

Last twelvemonth she was besides precocious deed with a driving prohibition aft her 4x4 crashed into a hedge whilst she was precocious connected cocaine, The Sun reported.  

It was reported that the lottery victor was claiming Universal Credit contempt her win.

The revelation came successful tribunal portion the justice handed her a 22-month driving prohibition aft she crashed her 4x4 portion precocious connected cocaine.

Rogers had to beryllium capsicum sprayed erstwhile constabulary detained her aft she veered disconnected a state lane portion being chased by constabulary successful Cumbria.  

She has antecedently told however her lottery triumph sent her connected a downward trajectory and has called for more protections for young winners.  

Rogers told Closer mag successful 2013:  'It was excessively overmuch wealth for idiosyncratic truthful young. 

'Even if you accidental your beingness won't change, it does – and often not for the better. It astir broke maine but thankfully, I'm present stronger.'


Michael Carroll, from Norfolk, who was known arsenic the Lotto Lout aft helium blew his £10million luck connected flash cars and partying earlier asking for his aged occupation backmost arsenic a bin antheral (pictured successful 2002)

His matrimony to Sandra Aitken fell isolated aft she accused him of sleeping with prostitutes - but they remarried years later 

Part-time bin antheral Michael Carroll, 39, from Norfolk, scooped £9,736,131 connected the National Lottery successful November 2002 erstwhile helium was conscionable 19. 

Michael, who was dubbed the Lotto Lout and the King of Chavs, was wearing an physics tag erstwhile helium bought his winning ticket.  

The lottery victor admitted to becoming a 'full-blown alcoholic', and said helium would spell connected extravagant holidays to the Costa del Sol.  

He did springiness £4 cardinal to friends and family, including his aunt and uncle who raised him pursuing his father's decease erstwhile helium was lone 10 years old.

The remainder of the money, however, funded an utmost lifestyle, including a mansion successful Swaffham, Norfolk, 2 different homes, and racing cars.  

The decadent and mischievous antics brought a swift extremity to his matrimony to woman Sandra Aitken aft she accused him of sleeping with vice girls. She had been 7 months large with their girl earlier helium won the lottery.

Michael has made nary concealed of his womanising, and claims to person bedded immoderate 4,000 women.

Michael continued to unrecorded successful extravagance, and appeared successful tribunal implicit 30 times, mostly arriving successful sports cars and drinking booze.   

Michael, who was dubbed the Lotto Lout and the King of Chavs, was wearing an physics tag erstwhile helium bought his winning ticket

He was handed an ASBO for terrorising his neighbours and was jailed for 5 months successful 2004 aft failing to comply with a cause attraction bid imposed arsenic portion of a condemnation for cocaine possession.

His accountant warned him successful 2005 that helium was down to his past million, and successful February 2006 helium was jailed for 9 months for affray.

By February 2013, helium was declared bankrupt and recovered himself backmost connected Jobseeker's Allowance.

At his lowest constituent helium moved into a edifice for stateless radical for 3 months portion helium struggled to find enactment owed to his reputation.

He past worked astatine the Walkers biscuit mill successful Aberlour, earlier getting a licence to enactment successful an abattoir.

In 2019, it was revealed Michael had moved to Scotland and was working 7 days a week arsenic a ember miner.  

'I don't look backmost with immoderate regrets that's for sure. It was 10 years of amusive for a pound, you can't spell incorrect with that,' Mickey told The Mirror.

'I wouldn't privation to crook the timepiece back. But I unrecorded a good, escaped manner present and I'm happier due to the fact that I've got my beingness back.'

He inactive occasional plays the lottery and said if helium won again, 'he'd beryllium down the gait astatine six each greeting conscionable to support retired of trouble'.

In 2021 it was revealed helium had remarried his ex-wife, and the 2 are present reportedly surviving a quiescent beingness successful Belfast.  

A root told the Daily Record: 'Mickey's calmed down a batch and has been surviving rather a bully wee beingness and moving hard.

'Him and Sandra buried the hatchet and got backmost unneurotic and it has each worked retired good for them.

'It happened precise rapidly successful the past fewer months but they fell close backmost successful emotion and are truly blessed unneurotic now. What's successful the past has been forgotten about.'


John McGuinness, from Scotland, was moving arsenic a infirmary porter erstwhile helium won £10million backmost successful 1997 but mislaid it each successful atrocious investments and a lavish lifestyle 

John McGuinness, from Scotland, was moving arsenic a infirmary porter erstwhile helium won £10million backmost successful 1997.

At the time, helium was earning conscionable £150 a week and was surviving with his parents successful their assembly house.   

He lavished much than £ 3million connected adjacent members of his family and gave £750,000 to his ex-wife Hazel.

He swapped his battered aged Vauxhall Astra for a £140,000 Ferrari Modena Spyder. Other cars followed and astatine 1 constituent helium had six successful the drive, including a Bentley, Mercedes, Jaguars and BMWs.

He snapped up a £500,000 seafront flat successful Majorca, went connected Caribbean cruises, five-star skis trips and holidays astir the world.

He bought a luxury £1.3million mansion successful Bothwell, which has an unthinkable presumption overlooking the River Clyde.  

He moved his wife, Sandra, and his household into the Lanarkshire manor aft his large win.

In 2004, John moved from 1 luxury mansion to different conscionable 20ft distant - truthful helium could person country for a snooker array successful his games room.

But it was his lifelong passionateness for Livingston Football Club that yet ruined him arsenic John utilized his riches arsenic a warrant against the club's loans, meaning helium was liable for each the debt.

He swapped his battered aged Vauxhall Astra for a £140,000 Ferrari Modena Spyder. Other cars followed and astatine 1 constituent helium had six successful the drive, including a Bentley, Mercedes, Jaguars and BMWs

John ploughed £4million into the club, which past went into administration.  

He stayed soundless since past but decided to talk retired successful 2012 aft the failed erstwhile shot brag Dominic Keane was cleared of a £2million slope fraud.

John mislaid millions successful the doomed task to bargain Livingston with ex-Celtic manager Keane.

Keane was accused successful tribunal of tricking the lotto millionaire into signing an hold to a £2million loan, but helium walked escaped aft a assemblage took 40 minutes to find him not guilty.

Speaking to the Daily Record, John said: 'I cognize successful the eyes of the instrumentality cipher is to blasted for maine losing my money...but I cognize who I blame.

'I gave my wealth to Dominic Keane and present it's each gone and I've got nothing. Someone indispensable person taken it.' 

'If I had ne'er met him, I'd inactive beryllium sitting with astir £5million successful the slope and I would person been rather blessed enjoying a superb life.'


Abraham Shakespeare, from Florida, deed the jackpot aft winning $30 cardinal but had his luck tally retired erstwhile helium mysteriously disappeared and was aboriginal recovered deceased (pictured successful 2006)

In 2006, Florida antheral Abraham Shakespeare, 42, won $30million and received $17million aft buying 2 lottery tickets astatine a local convenience store.

He shared his generosity by purchasing homes for his cousins and paying off a concern indebtedness worthy £72,000 ($87,000) for a friend.  

However, little than 2 years aft striking it rich, Abraham was not lone down to his past £1.2 cardinal ($2 million) but helium also mysteriously disappeared.  

Police aboriginal discovered that helium was murdered by DeeDee Moore, a pistillate who had targeted him for the money-he had been changeable doubly with a .38-caliber pistol.  

Prosecutors said the 49-year-old Moore befriended Shakespeare, who was illiterate, successful precocious 2008, claiming she was penning a publication astir however radical were taking vantage of him.

They assertion Moore aboriginal became his fiscal adviser, yet controlling each plus helium had near aft his death, including an costly home, the indebtedness owed to him and a $1.5million annuity.

'She got each spot of his money,' said Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner successful closing arguments. 'He recovered retired astir it and threatened to termination her. She killed him first.'

Moore besides insisted that she had known Shakespeare for lone 4 months anterior to his death, which would not person fixed her capable clip to crippled his murder.   

DeeDee had managed to instrumentality astir £1.2 cardinal ($2million) from Shakespeare by the clip she orchestrated his killing.

She and her fellow buried him beneath a factual slab successful a wooded country afterwards.

Moore led constabulary to the burial tract aft a sting operation, during which an undercover serviceman recorded her admitting that she knew the determination of Shakespeare's body. 

He was missing for respective months earlier she yet admitted wherever his assemblage was, she is present doing a beingness condemnation for his execution successful prison. 

Moore has maintained her innocence and has repeatedly appealed her conviction, which was upheld doubly - successful 2015 and 2019. 

Dorice Donegan 'Dee Dee' Moore, who is successful situation for the execution of lottery victor Abraham Shakespeare (pictured successful situation 2022)

Moore wrote successful a missive to the tribunal successful 2019 that she regretted not being truthful during her trial, but she continued to support that she did not sprout Shakespeare. 'I truly did not termination him,' she wrote.   

This twelvemonth it emerged that Moore is an improbable protagonist of a caller measure that would support the names of jackpot winners a concealed for 90 days successful the US.

In a telephone interrogation from down bars, Dee Dee argued that publically identifying winners and sharing details astir their windfall 'puts a people connected them.'

Florida lawmakers accidental giving winners 3 months should spend them capable clip to prosecute security, archer their loved ones astir the win, and question concern proposal successful peace.  

In her latest interrogation from Lowell Correctional Institution, Moore said keeping lottery winners' names concealed adjacent for 90 days wasn't agelong enough. She said details astir whether a victor chose a lump-sum payout oregon payments implicit clip besides should not beryllium disclosed.

'I don't consciousness that's capable time,' she said. 'You've got to understand, this idiosyncratic has to alteration their full beingness around.'

She said a lottery victor would request astatine slightest six months of privacy.

'Ninety days is nothing, you spot however speedy clip flies,' said Moore, who has been successful a authorities situation for astir 3,400 days.


Jack Whittaker won a whopping £261 cardinal ($315million) successful 2002 which was past the largest lottery jackpot won by a azygous summons successful the United States nevertheless successful 2005, Whittaker's granddaughter Brandi, (left) who helium planned to permission his wealth to, was recovered dead

The West Virginia businessman won a whopping £261 cardinal ($315million) successful 2002,  which was past the largest lottery jackpot won by a azygous summons successful the United States.  

He chose to person much than $113million successful cash, but soon utilized it up and said helium had been robbed a twelve times, CNN reported.

Less than a twelvemonth aft his win, £451, 000 ($545,000) of currency was taken from his car, which helium parked astatine a portion club.

Five months later, $200,000 was taken from the aforesaid car successful the aforesaid parking lot.

Then again successful 2018, $100,000 was heisted retired of his conveyance portion it was parked successful beforehand of his house.   

According to the Washington Post, portion boozing it up astatine a section bar, helium loudly offered 1 pistillate bartender wealth for sex. He aboriginal proffered $10,000 to different bartender if she would airs for him successful her underwear.

Jack and his woman Jewell, right, and their granddaughter Brandi Bragg, 15, left, posed for a photograph aft being interviewed connected NBC's Today Show successful New York successful 2002

In 2004, a person of Whittaker's granddaughter Brandi, was recovered lifeless from a cause overdose successful Whittaker's house.   

In 2005, Brandi, who helium planned to permission his wealth to, was recovered dead, wrapped successful integrative with drugs successful her strategy but the authoritative origin of her decease is not known.

Two years later, her parent - Whittaker's girl Ginger - died of a cause overdose.

By the clip of her death, helium said his slope accounts were empty. He blamed his relatives deaths' connected the winning ticket, assuming that they bought the drugs which killed them with his money.

'My granddaughter is dormant due to the fact that of the money. She was the shining prima of my life, and she was what it was each astir for me.

'You know, my woman said she wished that she had torn the summons up. Well, I privation that we tore the summons up too, 'he told ABC's 20/20.

In 2016, his Bland County, Virginia, house burnt down successful a occurrence which had started successful the kitchen.  

The occurrence was reported astatine 7am connected Friday, and firefighters from 5 antithetic departments arrived.

The location sustained extended harm and was yet declared a full loss.

Whittaker's woman was wrong the location astatine the time, but she emerged safely.  Jack Whittaker died of earthy causes connected June 27 2020 astatine the property of 72. 


Jeffrey Dampier, from Illinois, won $20million aft playing the lottery. He lived happily for years to come, spending the wealth connected his family, but was murdered successful 2005 by his sister-in-law and her husband

Jeffrey Dampier, from Illinois, worked arsenic a information defender earlier helium won $20million aft playing the lottery in 1996.

He lived happily for years to come, spending the wealth connected his family, and erstwhile helium and his archetypal woman separated, they decided to divided what remained of the winnings successful half.

Dampier started seeing different woman, Crystal Jackson and aft the 2 got joined they moved to Tampa Bay, Florida, wherever they opened a gourmet popcorn store. 

While surviving successful Tampa, helium embarked connected an matter with his wife's sister Victoria Jackson.

Victoria and her hubby Nathaniel lured him the flat which helium paid for them to unrecorded successful connected July 26, 2005, and changeable him successful the backmost of the head.

Victoria would aboriginal narrate that she visited Nathaniel astatine his apartment, who asked her to telephone Dampier and archer him to travel to the apartment. 

Victoria told Dampier she was having car problems, and erstwhile helium showed up to help, Nathaniel pulled retired a shotgun and forced him into a van. 

The brace demanded wealth from him but helium refused and Nathaniel gave the weapon to Victoria and demanded that she sprout Dampier. 

'Shoot him, oregon I sprout you,' helium said, according to the constabulary report. 

Victoria changeable Dampier, sidesplitting him and past they drove the van to a deserted roadworthy and abandoned it with Dampier's assemblage inside. 

The constabulary soon discovered the body, and Nathaniel and Victoria were arrested immoderate days later.

The 2 were charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, equipped carjacking and 2 counts of equipped kidnapping.   

The defence added that Nathaniel had forced Victoria into committing the transgression but the prosecution argued that Victoria was intelligibly alert of what would hap erstwhile she called Dampier to travel over. 

Victoria and Nathaniel were yet sentenced to beingness successful prison. 

It's not wide wherefore they thought they would inherit his money. His widow Crystal said successful 2015 that she would ne'er 'go near' the lottery, telling WFLA: 'It's a curse.'

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