Britain's Youngest Lottery Winner Says She's Happier After Spending £2m Fortune
Winning the lottery at the age of 16 was never going to end well.
Britain's youngest ever lottery winner, Callie Rogers, managed to fritter away the almost £2m that she won at the age of 16 back in 2003 but, speaking today on This Morning, she says that she is happier now than she was then.
Callie won £1.87m and spent it exactly the way that you might imagine a 16-year-old would: there was £300,000 on clothes, £18,000 on new boobs and a full half a million that she simply gave away to her mates and family.
Callie has also said she spent £250,000 on cocaine during their relationship, reports MailOnline.
"I wish I was a bit older at the time of winning it," she told stand-in hosts Rylan Clark and Lisa Snowden.
"At 16 you're just a child, and then suddenly overnight you've got to become an adult."
Callie was working on the checkouts in the local Co-Op in Cockermouth, Cumbria, when she won her money.
The cash earned her plenty new friends, but she now realises that they didn't necessarily have her best interests at heart.
"There were people who came along after I won the lottery who weren't in my life before, and aren't in my life now," she told This Morning.
"At the time you don't realise because you want everybody to like you. It just became too much to cope with, not knowing who liked me for me anymore and having all the stress of all the money."
She struggled with depression and tried to take her own life, but has since rebounded and says that she is now doing better than ever.
"I just wanted to go back to having a normal life," she continued. "I'm 31 now, I still struggle with trust issues.
"I still struggle with trust due to it, but I'm a lot better than I was. I'm starting to be able to trust people again."
After her win, she began a life of luxury and partying. She bought a bungalow that cost £180,000 and claims to have spent a full quarter of a million on cocaine, as well as expensive holidays and designer clothes.
"I got up late and lived on takeaways," she said in 2013. "And so-called mates would come over until the early hours to party.
"Suddenly, I was a local celeb and people would come up to me in pubs as if they were my best friend and I felt pressure to buy them all drinks. I didn't know who to trust."
"For so long, I drifted with no aims. Now I have a job and my family to care for."
Callie had two kids and subsequently retrained as a nurse. She lives on the straight and narrow now with her partner Paul, a fireman, and her child Blake, who suffers from cerebal palsy.
"It was too much money for someone so young," she conclused. "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."