There has to be something said for too much money too fast and there is no better example than Callie Rogers. At 16 she became Britain’s youngest lottery jackpot winner as she won £1,875,000 in the National Lottery.
Prior to her windfall Rogers was living with foster parents and earning £3.60 an hour as a Co-op checkout girl when she won a National Lottery jackpot worth £1,875,000.
Things started out well for Rogers as she bought four properties for herself and her family for a total of £550,000, splashed out £85,000 on cars and spent £11,500 on two boob jobs but sadly wasted £250,000 on cocaine.
At 16 years old Callie did what most people warned her not to do – and that was NOT to blow the winnings. Rogers won the jackpot but squandered the money on parties, drugs, cosmetic surgery, holidays and gifts. After a while Rogers became so depressed she even attempted suicide three times.
She started partying and went out every night and that when things start to turn for the worst. Within weeks, she met her boyfriend Nicky Lawson and they both moved into a £180,000 bungalow. From there Rogers says she spent £250,000 on cocaine during their relationship.
She quit work and plundered her winnings on designer clothes, lavish presents for friends and family and went on lavish holidays. She stated hanging out with the wrong crowd and people from everywhere wanted a piece of her lottery winnings.
In just 10 short years Rogers is now broke and all her lotto winnings are wasted on partying.
She lives in a modest £80,000 three-bedroom house in Workington, Cumbria with her partner, Paul Penny, 34 and has only has only £2,000 left in the bank – but says she has never felt happier.
Today Callie works two days a week as a care aid for the elderly and is taking an NVQ in caring in preparation for a nursing course next year. She plans to be a nurse and help those less fortunate in life.
Rogers was quotes as saying “It feels like a lifetime ago. I was too young to win the lottery – I don’t think 16-year-olds should be eligible. It was too much money for someone so young. Even if you say your life won’t change, it does – and often not for the better. It nearly broke me, but thankfully, I’m now stronger. I try to forget the ups and downs I’ve been through and just feel like a normal person. The pressure to splash out and live a glam party life has gone – and I prefer it”.
So if she were to do it again would she? I’m betting like most people in the world she would want to win the lottery again.
Callie Rogers spent £250,000 on cocaine and blew her lotto winning on lavish gifts and designer clothes