viernes, abril 09, 2010

el dinero no da la felicidad

REINO UNIDO | Ahora vive del subsidio del paro
Un hombre gasta 11 millones de la lotería en drogas y prostitutas en ocho años | Londres
Actualizado jueves 08/04/2010 17:52 horas

Pasó de basurero a multimillonario en un día gracias a la lotería nacional británica. Los 11 millones de euros que se embolsó Michael Carroll, de 26 años, se han quedado, ocho años después, en un camino marcado por drogas, prostitución, joyas, a puestas... Y este tipo, que también gastaba en chulería (lucía un mercedes con la leyenda 'Rey de los Macarras'), dice que ahora que sobrevive con una prestación por desempleo de unos 48 euros diarios es "más feliz".

"Me he dado a la gran vida, pero ahora quiero recuperar mi trabajo y tener un salario normal. Es más fácil vivir con el dinero del subsidio que con un millón", ha afirmado en el 'Daily Mail'. Carroll se separó de su mujer, quien se quedó con la custodia de la hija de ambos, un año después de ganar la lotería.

También gastó algunos millones con su familia y amigos y ahora cree que entre sus allegados había algunos "buitres" que se han beneficiado más que él del dinero que ganó. "Empecé a ver cómo es realmente la gente", afirma.

Calcula que otro millón se le fue en apuestas en carreras de perros y caballos y le entró una pasión por el oro que también le salió cara. Otro lo inyectó a su equipo favorito de fútbol, los Rangers. A finales de 2003 ya gastaba al día más de 2.000 euros en drogas -en 2004 pasó cinco meses en prisión por posesión de cocaína- y organizaba fastuosas fiestas repletas de droga y alcohol en su mansión en Downham (Norfolk) que le costaban más de 300.000 euros.

En sexo -dice que llegaba a estar con cuatro prostitutas al día- cree que se dejó más de 110.000 euros. Pero ya no mira atrás. "La fiesta ha acabado y me toca volver a la realidad", dijo a 'News of the World'.

'The Independent' recuerda en un artículo muchos otros casos de personas que, tras la lluvia de millones, cayeron en desgracia y que hacen replantearse las respuestas a la quimera de qué haría uno si ganara tantos millones en la lotería.

Historias como la de Callie Rogers, de Workington, que ganó cuando tenía 16 años cerca de 2,1 millones de euros, con los que adquirió un Range Rover, intentó comprarse un novio -que pronto desapareció-, compró varias casas, dilapidó 450.000 libras en ropa, se aumentó el pecho y descubrió que la gente sólo la quería por su dinero. El año pasado, tras un intento de suicidio, declaró: "Desearía no haber ganado nunca".

'Lotto lout' Michael Carroll back on the dole after squandering his £9.7m on drugs and prostitutes

By Luke Salkeld
Last updated at 12:15 AM on 8th February 2010

Lotto winner Michael Carroll is relying on Jobseeker's allowance after spending his £9.7million in eight years

Lotto winner Michael Carroll is relying on Jobseeker's allowance after spending his £9.7million in eight years

He is the Lotto Lout who turned up to collect his £9.7million win wearing an electronic offender's tag.

But eight years on, Michael Carroll, the self-styled King of Chavs, is back to where he started - on the dole.

The 26-year-old former dustbin man yesterday revealed he has squandered his multi-million fortune on drugs, gambling and thousands of prostitutes.

But he insisted he is just as happy getting £42 a week in jobseeker's allowance.

He said: 'The party has ended and it's back to reality. I haven't got two pennies to rub together and that's the way I like it. I find it easier to live off £42 dole than a million.

'It's a bit strange going on the dole again because that's what I was doing before I won.


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'I've lived the high life but I want my job back and to earn a normal wage. I'll do anything to earn a pound or two now.'

Carroll's jackpot win in 2002 disappeared with astonishing speed as the tattooed self-styled 'King of the Chavs' lavished several million pounds on family and friends and hundreds of thousands on drugs.

By the end of 2003, he was smoking £2,000 of crack cocaine every day and hosting drug and drink fuelled parties at his £325,000 home, the notorious Grange in Downham, Norfolk.

Angry at his life of excess, his wife Sandra left him and took their baby daughter Brooke with her.

Rather than see the decision as a wake-up call, Carroll continued on his life of excess, turning to prostitutes.

He boasted about sleeping with four a day - a total of 2,000 at a cost of £100,000 over eight years - in order to sate his sexual appetite.

Carroll told the News of the World: 'I could go for days without sleeping because of the drugs - so I would just spend night and day s****ing with all these hookers.'
Carroll picked up his Lotto cheque wearing an electronic offender's tag

Carroll picked up his Lotto cheque wearing an electronic offender's tag

Describing how he descended into a world of drugs and paying for sex, he continued: 'I only started to think about three things - drugs, sex and gold.

'The dealer who introduced me to crack has more of my lotto money than I do.

'He handed me my first bag of the stuff for free then he hiked up the price every time he came back. He knew what he was doing - but it blew my mind.'

He also spent a small fortune on his trademark chunky gold jewellery and a fleet of cars, including a black Mercedes van emblazoned with the phrase 'King of Chavs'.

Carroll said: I would buy these huge necklaces. One cost me around £2,000. All of it was robbed in 2004. There was about £100,000 worth of gold stolen. But the next day I went out and bought it all again.'

Repairs to properties he has wrecked with raucous parties have also cost him thousands and he reportedly lost an estimated £80,000 on a property deal in Dubai after the market fell.

Carroll also lost £1million on the dogs and horses and even injected £1million into his favourite football team, Rangers.

Carroll was down to his last £500,000 cash in 2008 and last year sold his £400,000 fleet of luxury cars and spent the proceeds.

He said he had no regrets about his lost fortune, but admitted that others had benefited from the win more than he had.

'I'm just glad it's over. There were also vultures everywhere after my cash. I started to see what people were really like.'

Carroll became notorious for his yobbish behaviour and answering any criticism with a one-fingered salute.

He arrived to collect his winnings wearing an electronic offender's tag, fitted after he was found drunk and disorderly and has appeared before the courts dozens of times for anti- social behaviour.

In 2004, Carroll was jailed for five months after failing to comply with a drug treatment order, imposed as part of a sentence for cocaine possession.

He was also handed an Asbo by magistrates in King's Lynn, Norfolk, for catapulting ball bearings at cars and windows from his Mercedes, causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Under its terms, he was not allowed to threaten, harass or intimidate anyone in the borough of West Norfolk, an area covering about 400 square miles.

The order also prevented him from threatening or attempting to cause criminal damage in the same area.

In 2008, thugs killed 12 of his dogs and ran him out of his lavish Downham, Norfolk, home and he has never returned.

Instead it stands vandalised and derelict with his pool filled with rubbish.

Carroll now lives in his other smaller home.

What Carroll says he spent his winnings on:

£5million family and friends
£1million gambling
£1million Rangers Football Club
£800,000 televisions, sound systems and gadgets
£400,000 cars
£325,000 house
£300,000 parties
£230,000 crack cocaine
£200,000 jewellery
£200,000 swimming pool
£100,000 prostitutes
£60,000 holidays
£55,000 legal fees

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