It’s not often that we hear about a lottery winner not being able to handle their lottery wins but unfortunately, it does happen from time to time. UK Lottery winner, Andrew Simpson from Hinckley in Leicestershire, England has written himself into the list of lottery winners who, instead of spending his winnings wisely, threw it all away on a drug-fuelled rampage.
In a sad case of affairs, Simpson’s new-found wealth led to him becoming addicted to crack-cocaine and ever since his life has gone into a downward spiral which finally saw him being jailed after he held his estranged partner hostage. The terrifying incident ended with a flash and bang grenade to end the siege.
Judge Nicholas Dean QC said: “The temptation with that amount of money available to you obviously proved too great.”
The lottery win which should have manifested into a trouble-free life, filled with endless opportunities for the lucky UK Lottery winner, unfortunately, due to his own personal demons, ended up with him receiving a two-year jail sentence.
To the left, you can see the quiet street where the awful siege took place.
Simpson and his partner had recently split up and he struggled to accept the end of their relationship.
He ended up breaking into the house they had shared and held her at knifepoint.
To make things even worse, he even made a flame thrower out of an aerosol can as he hurled missiles at the police officers injuring four of them!
After keeping up the mayhem and keeping the police at bay for over half an hour, he finally allowed his ex-partner to leave. However, things were not over as he then threatened suicide.
The police eventually entered the house with shields and found the drug-fuelled man in a wardrobe. He surrendered after being threatened with a Taser. Unfortunately, four police officers were hurt during the incident.
During the court case, it was heard that the defendant had a £200-a-day drug problem, which led him to commit assaults on his former partner.
He pleaded guilty as well as damaging household items and assaulting four officers.
Not the first time
Simpson was also re-sentenced for a battery offence on his partner which took place last December.
On top of all these charges were various driving offences from last October which were also taken into consideration.
He was sentenced to two years in jail and banned from driving for two years.
Looking back over the years, we also came across the following:
“A former dustbin man who won £4 million on the National Lottery has been banned from every football ground in the country for his involvement in a brawl.
Andrew Simpson, 38, of Searby, Lincs, admitted violent disorder during clashes between Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United fans last year.
Simpson, a Scunthorpe supporter, denied being a ringleader but was “caught on CCTV shouting encouragement at the front of a mob.”
With so many lottery players dreaming of landing those winning numbers and fantasising about winning the lottery and being showered in millions it always comes as a shock when winners mess up so badly.
Instead of kissing their job goodbye and living happily ever after, many of those who win the lottery eventually end up in even worse shape than they started in. It’s hard to believe but true.
People make all kinds of stupid mistakes when they hit the big time, from making lousy investments to blowing it all on drugs like Andrew Simpson.
Here are a few more lottery winners who made the worst possible mistakes:
It’s one thing winning the lottery but winning the lottery twice? Evelyn Adams definitely had Lady Luck smile down on her but the question is, how did she handle it?
Evelyn won two prizes. One in 1985 and another in 1986 totalling an impressive $5.4 million.
Unfortunately, though, that was where her lucky streak ended. She took her lucky lottery winnings and dropped it into the slot machines of Atlantic City, one quarter at a time.
She eventually lost the lot!
Instead of simply divorcing her husband, Denise Rossi hid the fact that she had won the lottery. For some reason, she thought that during the divorce proceedings the fact that she had won the lottery would never come out as she had not told her husband at the time that she had won $1.3 million.
Instead, she quietly filed for divorce. Unfortunately for her, though, it’s against the law to conceal your assets, and a judge subsequently handed all of her winnings over to her ex!
Amanda Clayton was living on welfare when she won the lottery and hearing about someone who could really do with a lottery win warms the soul. However, unlike other lottery winners who were supremely careless with their winnings, Clayton continued claiming her welfare checks.
When the state discovered this, she was sentenced for fraud.
The story gets even worse as she was sadly found dead before her probation was up, killed by a drug overdose at the age of 25.
Speaking of winning the lottery at a young age, the youngest person to ever win the U.K. National Lottery is Callie Rogers. She was 16 when she won her millions in 2003.
Unfortunately, she spent it the way that someone aged 16 would. She immediately got plastic surgery, had one party after another and eventually became a drug addict.
By the time Callie reached 22, she was already broke. On the upside though, she is much healthier now.
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