For 10 years with the mind, Mickey Carroll worked as a demon to maintain his reputation as a "lotto loot", using the £ 9.7m jackpot to buy alcohol, drugs, sex and friends.
Money and way of life are gone for a long time, but when Mickey goes down to £ 10 as a co-worker in Moray, Scotland, he says: "It didn't go wrong – those were the best 10 years of my life for a pound"
He is happy to have celebrated the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery on Tuesday, grateful for the times he had after buying that £ 1 ticket in 2002, when he was just 19 and working as a cornerback in Norfolk.
Sitting in his equipment for obvious things in his rented apartment, he says: "I don't look back with remorse for sure. It was 10 years of fun for a pound, it can't go wrong with that.
"I didn't want to turn the clock back. But now I live a good, free lifestyle and I'm happier to have my life back. "
When you look back at those 10 years, it's a wonder he can remember any of it.
He says: “I woke up, make three rows of Charlie and drink half a bottle of vodka before getting out of bed.
"I was full of alcohol, I made two bottles of vodka a day."
He remembers the wild holidays in Porto Banus at the Costa del Sol with his friends. "We used to go to the local whore before because the girls there were better.
"First we get our own drugs first and we will be rich in cocaine, until we board the brothels.
“I drank vodka and fresh orange, whether casino, cider or whiskey, until it was wet.
"I woke up in some strange place."
Drinking and brothels ended his brief marriage to Sandra Eitken, who was seven months pregnant with their daughter when his lotteries came out.
Mickey, whose father died when he was 10 and raised by his aunt and uncle after being physically abused by a family member, immediately donated £ 4m.
He says: “I gave a million to my mother, a million to my aunt and uncle because they came in and I'm always close to them.
"I gave a million to the ex-wife's mother and one million to Sandra." £ 5.7m left burning a hole in his pocket. Sandra went into disgust shortly after they got married in 2003, accusing him of cheating on her with girlfriends and surrounded by hangers.
Mickey, who boasts a bedding of 4,000 women, does not dispute any of Sandra's claims. He says: "I spent the rest of the money on drugs and trailers, holidays and cars."
Hell, becoming "king of the boats," he appeared in court more than 30 times, often arriving in flash-cars, turning beer cans.
His mansion in Norfolk's Grand used to be a wild party, and the lawn became a rallying point for the derby. As a result, luxury property soon fell into irreversibility.
He says: “She's been around for 10 years. My mom and dad lived in it until I kicked them out.
"I had two more houses, but everything was gone – I was sniffing."
By 2005, his accountant had warned that it was down to his last million, and as money dwindled, "friends" and hangers began to move away.
The enemies circled and one morning found their six Rottweilers dead, their throats cut.
Mickey, who was jailed for suffering in 2006, says: “The gangsters sent me pictures of my family. They threatened to evict my daughter and my entire family.
"They were dangerous guys, a Liverpool firm, so I paid them 130 grand. They retired for a while, then there was a bit of a fight and the guys in London sorted it out for me. "
By 2013, Mickey was spoiled, homeless and struggling to find a job because of his reputation.
He says: "I would come in for interviews and they would say, 'We just wanted to see if it was you or not.' He eventually followed Sandra to Scotland, moved to Moray, where he was so spoiled, lived in a low-key downhill hotel.
He says: “I was a diver, but I had food and beer, all good.
“It was 2013. I was homeless for three months. Easy come, easy go. "
He worked at the Walkers biscuit factory in Aberloor before starting a slaughterhouse.
He says: “I stayed there for five years until it closed. I miss the slaughterhouse. I loved it there. I have a license for my slaughterhouse. I will never lose it. "
He later got the coal job and now works seven days a week.
He says: "I'm a lottery winner. I have several wives, so I don't mind. I live in a rented apartment.
"I'm happy. I don't have to look over my shoulder anymore, nobody's going to hit me on the back of the head and rob me. I think I'm lucky to be alive. If I still had the money, I'd probably be under six feet."
As the 25th anniversary of the lottery approaches, the figures show that in the first six months of this financial year we spent £ 3.9 billion on lottery tickets. Mickey still plays, but warns: “Money is really at the root of all evil.
"I do the lottery now and again. If it's great, I'll take a few things, hopefully win and annoy everyone.
"If I win again, I'll buy a house and go abroad for a while. The hangers just wanted to be around me for the money. I was a soft touch.
"That will be my advice to other winners. Don't trust anyone, not even your family. “
2002 and all that
When Carroll dropped the jackpot in 2002 Tony Blair was in his fifth year as prime minister.
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