Callie Rogers won a £1.9 million lottery jackpot at the tender age of 16. Now, six years later, she’s attempted suicide twice, has moved back in with her mom, and is working three jobs to survive. The 22-year-old believes that winning the lottery ruined her life. “My life is a shambles,” she said. “[Winning the lottery] brought me nothing but unhappiness. It’s ruined my life. I’ve just wanted to make people happy by spending money on them. But it hasn’t made me happy. It just made me anxious that people are only after me for my money.” [Daily Mail]
Um, how do you blow through over $3 million in six years? Apparently, with a little help from your friends … and deadbeat boyfriend. After Callie won the lotto, she bought and decorated four houses for herself, her ‘rents, and her grandma, which cost about $895K. (Wait, you can buy four houses in England for that amount of money? Who needs a lottery!?) She also spent $325K traveling. The rest of the money went to cars, presents and paying off assorted family members’ loans. Then there were clothes, a boob job, presents for her boyfriends, legal fees, and two six-figure trust funds for her kids, who were the products of a tumultuous relationship with her boyfriend, Nicky Lawson, who dealt cocaine from her house,. Oh, and he also allegedly stole money from her and slept with her younger sister, causing the first suicide attempt. Her second attempt came right before Nicky went to jail for two years. Sounds like a real catch, right?
Now, Callie is driving a used VW Golf (me too!), selling her house, and facing bankruptcy. But Callie says she’s happier being poor. “‘Until you win such a large amount of money at such a young age, you don’t realize the pressures that come with it. I wish I had never won,” she says. Hopefully, those six-figure trust funds won’t have the same effect on her little ones in 20 years!
I don’t think many poor people would decide they’d rather remain poor than accept lottery winnings, but since Callie was the second youngest lottery jackpot winner, maybe she should have had more parental guidance in managing the money? Who lets a 16-year-old run around with $3 million dollars?! The 16-year-old me would have moved to Tokyo and opened a thrift store. Wait, the 26-year-old me would probably still do that, but the point I so carefully just muddled is that handing a ton of cash to people with no concept of financial planning is dangerous.