Childhood sweethearts who married months after winning a £45million jackpot at 22 split

A YOUNG couple who married months after winning a £45million jackpot have split – the latest case of the lottery curse.

Decorator Matt Topham and Iceland shop supervisor Cassey Carrington were both 22 when they won the EuroMillions in 2012.


Matt Topham and Cassey Carrington were both 22 when they won £45 million at the EuroMillions in 2012Credit: Paul Tonge – The Sun
Matt on a night out with new love Amy in London this year


Matt on a night out with new love Amy in London this yearCredit: Facebook
Matt and Cassey on their wedding day


Matt and Cassey on their wedding dayCredit: Paul Tonge – The Sun

The teenage sweethearts tied the knot the same year and had three children.

But last night Cassey confirmed at their country pile, complete with airstrip, that they are no longer living together.

Racing madman Matt, 34, has been on a date in his Maserati with new interest Amy Cox, with the pair sharing selfies outside the London Eye and on a ski trip.

He was seen picking up the mother-of-three from a £130,000 terraced house owned by her father, a builder in a village near Lincoln.

She drives a £5,000 VW Tiguan and a neighbor said: “I don't think she has ever worked because she is busy looking after her children, who are all toddlers.

“She's had a few boyfriends, so it would be like that Nice if she found happiness with Matt.

Drives a Maserati

'I don't know how they met. We don't see them outside very often.”

Another resident told us: “We had no idea he was a lottery winner. He gets around in his Maserati, so he must still have a few bumps.”

Details behind the split are sketchy, although Matt shared a cryptic message on social media in August saying, “Sometimes no matter how kind, gentle, caring and loving you are, it's just not good enough for some people.”

In 2021, Matt was given a 16-week suspended prison sentence after admitting reckless driving following the death of Mary Regler, 75, in a car crash in North Cockerington, Lincs, two years earlier.

Bodycam footage shows EuroMillions winner Matt Topham at the scene of the accident after he entered the opposite lane

Matt last shared a photo of him and Cassey in July 2021 – four months after the sentencing at Lincoln Crown court.

Cassey has not made any public posts on social media since about the same time.

Last year, The Sun told how a zoo the couple bought in 2020 – Rushmoor Country Park in Louth, Lincs – had been 'closed' due to financial strains.

Questioned about the split yesterday, Cassey told The Sun: “Matt doesn't live here anymore.”

When asked if she wanted to say anything about the breakup, she replied: “No, thank you.”

By Stephen Moyes

Making millions from the lottery isn't banking on saving relationships – with several jackpot winners splitting.

They include Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk, who split 15 months after raking in a whopping £148million in 2012.

A year earlier, Scottish duo Colin and Christine Weir won £161 million. They divorced after 38 years of marriage, shortly before Colin's death in 2019.

Karl Crompton, from Fylde, Lancs, won £11million in 1996 but his wife Nicole left him in 2020. And at least three more lottery-winning couples have split since then.

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