Lotto: Strangest things to happen to six winners after they won big


Earlier this week, the biggest Irish Lotto Jackpot in years was claimed by a lucky player in Kilkenny.


A whopping 12.7 million was won on Wednesday night, with winning ticket being sold at a Circle K Service Station, located on the Waterford Road.


While everyone will wish this lucky punter massive luck with their mammoth win, we've decided to take a look at some of the more unusual things to happen to Lotto winners, both at home and abroad.


What did they buy, or did their lives change - here are the six strangest things to happen to people after they won big at the Lotto.


Billy Morgan


In 1997, Billy Morgan was a truck driver living in a trailer park in Australia.


During one of his road trips his vehicle was involved in a bad accident, and although he was not seriously injured, Morgan was rushed to hospital, where things took a turn for the worst.


Reacting badly to some medication, Morgan had a massive heart attack and was clinically dead for 14 minutes, before slipping into a 12 day coma.


In that time his family were advised that he would likely have lost many of his cognitive functions and turning off life support would be the best course of action.


Luckily for Billy he woke up, fit as a fiddle no less. He changed career, got engaged and won a car on a scratchcard. This caught the attention of the local media, not because winning a car is particularly notable, but because of his dramatic change in fortune.


As part of a cheesy local news segment Billy was handed a scratchcard, in order relive his winning moment for the camera.


The plan was to start filming and then have him exclaim something along the lines of "crikey, I've won a car."


It's at this point, cameras rolling, that Morgan goes off script, instead he exclaims I just won $250,000. Im not joking!


And he wasn't, he'd picked up another winning scratchcard - mental!



Jack Whittaker


Not every lotto winner's life improved after they made a big win.


Jack Whittaker won $314.9 million in the Powerball in America in 2002, making him the biggest sole winner of the Lottery in the US.


But he quickly fell victim to scandals, lawsuits and personal setbacks as his life changed forever.


He was constantly being asked for money, which left him unable to trust others. He was quoted several times as saying he wished he had torn up the ticket.


After his colossal win, a series of unfortunate events ensued, kickstarting when his wife left him.


He also had his car broken into twice and his home in Virginia, which was uninsured, was destroyed in a fire.


To make matters a lot worse, two people were found dead at his properties.


A friend of his drug-addicted granddaughter was found dead at his home in 2004. Three months later, his 17-year-old granddaughter was found dead, too.


Whittaker died at the age of 72 last year.



Michael Carroll


Michael Carroll was famously wearing an electronic tag when he picked up his lotto jackpot cheque, and he didn't even have a bank account.


The part time bin-man soon began splurging excessively, which gained him the title of a lottery legend, for all the wrong reasons.


He purchased a luxury five-bedroom property called The Grange (advertised as a family home) and threw endless drug fuelled sex parties that would last several days.


He also turned the back garden into a personal demolition derby.


Before abandoning the property after the gas and electricity were cut off, the house was wrecked and the garden was full of dozens of cars in various states of disrepair.


In his heyday Carroll would be adorned with thousands of pounds worth of gold rings, watches and necklaces. In total he claimed to own 100,000 worth of jewellery, before it was stolen from him, and he reportedly went out the next day and rebought it all.


Carroll was arrested several times for a variety of crimes, most notably firing steel balls from the back of his Mercedes van (emblazoned with his "The King of Chavs" moniker), breaking 32 car and shop windows.


In 2006, 4 years after his win, he denied claims that he was out of money, but then in 2010 he reapplied for his old job as a bin-man.


He later admitted on national television that all his money, barring a few investments, was gone by 2007.


Carroll now lives a quieter life, earning 400 a week from his job in a slaughterhouse, although he has always told the press he doesnt regret how he spent his winnings.




Michael Carroll Michael Carroll, the former dustman from Downham Market in Norfolk who won a 9.7 million National Lottery jackpot. Credit: PA Images.

Callie Rogers


Callie Rogers is Britain's youngest lotto winner, and she was over the moon when she scooped up 1.9 million ($3m) in 2003 at just 16 years old.


She had been working as a supermarket checkout girl in Cumbria when she won.


She soon ditched her job and splurged on cosmetic surgery, drug-fuelled nights out, vacations and gifts.


She splurged so much that by 2013, Rogers had just $2,580 (3.9k) left in the bank.




Callie Rogers Sixteen-year-old, Callie Rogers from Cockermouth in Cumbria celebrates after winning 1.8 million on the National Lottery, becoming the second youngest jackpot winner. Credit: PA Images.

Peter Kyle


Former soldier Peter Kyle cleaned up to the tune of 5.1m ($9.8m) when his numbers came up on the UK National Lottery in 2005.


The Plymouth native doubled down on his luck and won an extra 500 playing Bingo to celebrate the win.


However, despite the good fortune and all this good luck, it wasn't to last.


By 2008, Kyle had lost the lot and was forced to claim unemployment benefit, having pumped his cash into a series of bad investments.




Peter Kyle Credit: Camelot Lottery

Dolores McNamara


Irelands first and biggest EuroMillions winner was Limerick woman Dolores McNamara in 2005.


The mum-of-six attracted so much media attention even bosses at the National Lottery headquarters were left star-struck.


In 2012 the former cleaner bought a 3.5million Victorian mansion in Co. Clare as well as houses for each of her children.


She went on to invest in her company, Blue Haven but was outbid by Irish Life when she tried to buy a large retail park in her hometown.


But McNamaras luck had by no means run out and in May 2017 she claimed a further 8,000 in compensation after her Mercedes was extensively damaged in a crash two years before.


The payout was reportedly half the amount of monthly interest she earns on her EuroMillions win.




euromillions Irish housewife Dolores McNamara celebrates her record breaking lottery win at Irish National Lottery Headquarters in Dublin. Her solicitor said that she wants to return to normality as soon as possible, as she collected the biggest jackpot in European Lottery history. After four days of hiding, the Limerick housewife finally braved the attention to collect her 115 million euros (77 million GBP) bumper cheque. The mother of six, from Garryowen in Limerick, looked bewildered as she was escorted into the National Lottery offices.