Lottery Winners Who Lost It All

By   October 29, 2014

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Everyone plays the lottery because there is this belief that by winning a large sum of money will change one’s life for the better as there will be no more concerns about finances which then gives you the opportunity to focus on what you really want to do with your life. However, if you like to play the lottery it doesn’t hurt to see what has happened to other lottery winners after the lotto results have worked in their favour – so you know what to do as well as what not to do. Keep reading to find out more!


John Noakes – £3 million


John Noakes


John Noakes was part of a syndicate of 12 bus drivers won a £38 million jackpot in 2012. Noakes, from Corby in the United Kingdom, thought that all of his dreams had come true when he won the lottery along with his syndicate members. However, he said that the windfall has brought him tough times along with happiness. The 51 year old said that syndicate members had been riddled with problems ranging from family fights to health scares. Noakes has even taken up smoking again in order to cope with the stress. Being tired of constantly having strangers come up to him and ask for money means that he is planning on moving to Cyprus along with his second wife.


Michael Antonucci – £2.8 million




Another sad story comes from one of the first UK Lotto winners back in 1995. Now aged 63, Michael, a pub owner and antiques dealer, blew his £2.8 million win on a lavish lifestyle which included yachts, luxury holidays and fast cars. He also bought his young topless model girlfriend breast implants worth £4,500. He later got married to her only to get divorced three months later. After splurging on property and getting involved in a few bad business deals, he eventually landed up sleeping on a lilo on the floor of the pub he ran in his home town. After ending up in court in 2009 for assault he said that he realised now that there is a bottom to £2.8million after all. Let this be an important lesson.


Mark Gardiner – £11 million




Mark Gardiner, 52, won the staggering amount way back in 1995 but said four years ago that it had ruined his life. Gardiner lost everything – his money, his friends and  touch with his family and ended up splitting from his fourth wife. For him, money magnified his existing problems.

You don’t have to fall into the trap that these lottery players did, all you need to do is be smart about how you spend your winnings, who you tell that you have won and get proper counselling once you have won the lottery so remember to play EuroJackpot!