I won £1.8 million when I was just 16, but my life took a sinister turn – I deeply regret it

A WOMAN who won a £1.8million lottery jackpot has revealed her biggest regrets after her life took a sinister turn.

Callie Rogers became a 16-year-old millionaire when she was a £3.60-an-hour shop assistant in Cumbria.


Callie saw her life change after winning the eye-watering windfallCredit: Mirrorpix
The 16-year-old threw the money on a house and gifts for her family and friends


The 16-year-old threw the money on a house and gifts for her family and friendsCredit: PA:Press Association

Callie was named Britain’s youngest lottery winner after winning the eye-watering prize in 2003.

After her win, the lucky teen bought her first house and splashed out thousands at wild parties, three boobs jobsand around £300,000 worth of designer clothes.

And she gave away enormous amounts of money to family and friends.

But what should have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity turned into a lottery nightmare.

Callie said the prize set off a series of unfortunate events and sent a stark warning to anyone hoping to win the lottery.

She said: “You’re only 16, with all that responsibility. At that age you can get the best advice ever, but you’re not in a position to listen.

“I was too young. Overnight I went from carefree child to adult.”

Things took a sinister turn for the young winner when she attempted suicide at the age of 21.

Callie said she was struggling with depression and had trust issues because of the money.

She said: “Because I didn’t know who liked me and because I had all the stress of all the money, I just wanted to live a normal life again. I still struggle with trust issues.”

After blowing the money on drugs and flashing cars, she declared bankruptcy in 2021.

The former millionaire said she was getting by on Universal Credit despite the big win.

Mrs Rogers now wishes she had saved some of her winnings for her son Blake, who has cerebral palsy.

The six-year-old cannot walk, talk or swallow without assistance.

She said: “But the only thing I regret is that the money isn’t there for Blake.

“He loves sensory stimulation. If I had that money, I would get him the biggest sensory room you can buy.”

Now the single mother works as a caregiver after leaving back to school studying social care.

She stays in a £400-a-month house in a cul-de-sac in Workington, and says she does her shopping in Iceland.

The mother-of-three said: “My children don’t want anything.

“At the end of the month there is usually enough for something nice, but I couldn’t go out tomorrow to buy a new car.

She added: “If I want a holiday, I have to save.”

Following Callie’s turn of events, Camelot said the young winner received support to help manage her finances after winning the jackpot.

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A spokesperson said: “Callie has received extensive support from us which has lasted for many years. She did not accept the independent financial and legal advice we offered.

“However, our winning team fully supported her and helped her deal with the media interest. We will continue to support Callie in any way we can if she wishes.”

The mother of three now regrets not saving some of the money for her disabled son


The mother of three now regrets not saving some of the money for her disabled sonCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

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