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Tears or smiles for National Lottery winners?

Last Updated: Monday 23rd November 2009, 09:26 am

National Lottery A recent survey of 30 National Lottery jackpot winner revealed that a big percentage have had nothing but misery since scooping their life changing amounts of money. So is it tears of smiles for National Lottery winners or have the people conducting the survey simply picked the wrong people to talk to? The Sunday Express reporter, Julie Hartley-Brewer, uses figures from a survey of 30 of National Lottery winners, some of the biggest jackpots won in the UK.

The National Lottery has been branded as the biggest marriage wrecker in Britain with a 3rd of the people who had responded to the survey saying their lives were worse for having won a large amount of money playing the UK Lotto.

Other problems that were mentioned in the survey included jealousy ruining friendships, marriages ending and families drifting apart after the jackpot wins. One winner, a young woman called Callie Rogers even went so far as attempting suicide. Callie was just 22 when she bagged a win totalling nearly £1.9 million in 2003.

Another UK Lotto winner, a former dustman, won a staggering £9.7 million back in 2002 but shortly after his wife left him and he developed an addiction to cocaine.

In all honesty, how many big jackpot winners are going to take the time to respond to a survey? If we netted a life changing amount of money we would be too busy spending or soaking up the sun on our villa in a hot country that we certainly wouldn’t have it on our ‘to do’ list!

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