I married a model after winning £2.8 million, but then I lost everything

A MAN who married a topless model after winning a £2.8million lotto jackpot saw the marriage fall apart and lose everything.

Mike Antonucci, an antiques dealer, won the mouthwatering cash when he hit the lucky numbers in 1995.


Mike married topless model Kelly Arkins, but the doomed marriage lasted only twelve weeks
He squandered the rest of his purchases on fast cars and failed business ventures


He squandered the rest of his purchases on fast cars and failed business ventures

Mike was catapulted from the skid row to multi-millionaire status after snagging the golden ticket.

Thinking he was set for life, Antonucci quickly left his job and literally started spending money that took him all over the world.

Mike decided to marry topless model Kelly Arkins, then 22, in a £10,000 ceremony in the Bahamas.

Money-rich Mike even bought her breast implants for £4,500.

But the marriage to Kelly, who is 28 years his junior, lasted just twelve weeks and ended in shreds.

Mike revealed his marriage was never consummated, claiming at the time that he had not had sex with mother-of-one Kelly since the wedding.

The lottery winner said: “I tried my best to make everything work. I don’t know what went wrong.”

Outside of love, Mike’s new bachelor lifestyle consisted of fast cars, yachts and luxury vacations.

Antonucci also invested in a massage parlour, a pub, a nightclub and a pop music venue.

The multi-millionaire bought a £750,000 estate, a £250,000 harborside apartment and a £200,000 speedboat.

But Mike’s money didn’t last forever either.

It is not surprising that Antonucci’s lifestyle only lasted him ten years.

His string of businesses, including an attempt to form a pop band, flopped and eventually saw him return to recycling house clearance furniture.

Ultimately, Mike ended up in court in a row over just £400.

In 2009, some fourteen years after his lottery win, Mike appeared in court accused of assaulting a store owner he claimed owed him money.

He was found guilty and fined £720.

Mike told magistrates in Plymouth at the time: “I’ve had situations in my life over the last 15 years. When you go through certain experiences these things happen to you.”

The former antiques dealer even ended up on a lilo in one of the pubs he ran in Plymouth, Devon.

He has remained under the radar ever since.

And it was last reported that he was working as a furniture exporter and living ‘day to day’.

It comes as self-styled “King Of Chavs” Michael Carroll wore an electronic anklet when he won £9.7million on the National Lottery in 2002.

He was 19 years old at the time and squandered his fortune on a six-bedroom country house in Norfolk, which he equipped with a swimming pool and a motor racing track.

His drug addiction caused Michael to spend £2,000 a day on cocaine, which ultimately left him destitute.

Meanwhile, Jane Park became the youngest Briton ever to win the EuroMillions when she hit the £1 million jackpot in 2013 at the age of 17.

But things got worse when she felt ’empty’ after her win and spent £4.5k on a breast enlargement from 34B to 36FF and another couple of thousand on a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) in Turkey.

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Jane feared for her life after suffering a severe reaction to anesthesia and contracting sepsis in 2017.

Now 28 and wiser, she believes winning the lottery cursed her life and wishes it never happened.

Despite his winnings, Mike's lifestyle only lasted him ten years


Despite his winnings, Mike’s lifestyle only lasted him ten yearsCredit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun

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