Man back to working for £10-an-hour in a coal mine after blowing £10m jackpot on drink, drugs and sleeping with 4,000 women

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Lotto lout Michael Carroll reveals he has a new job working as a £10-an-hour coalman after blowing his £9.7million jackpot. 

He described the ten years of blowing his multi-million fortune on drink, drugs and brothels as ‘the best ten years of my life for a pound’.  

But now he works as a coalman in Moray, Scotland – a far cry from his short-lived lavish lifestyle.

‘I don’t look back with any regrets that’s for sure. It was ten years of fun for a pound, you can’t go wrong with that,’ Mickey told The Mirror. 

‘I wouldn’t want to turn the clock back. But I live a good, free lifestyle now and I’m happier because I’ve got my life back.’

He also described how he was a 'full-blown alcoholic' and drank two bottles of vodka a day
He also described how he was a ‘full-blown alcoholic’ and drank two bottles of vodka a day

He bought the lucky £1 ticket when he was just 19 years old and was working as a binman in Norfolk. But it wasn’t long before the life-changing sum had been put to questionable use.

‘I’d wake up, do three line of Charlie (cocaine) and drink half a bottle of vodka before I got out of bed.’

He admits that he became a ‘full-blown alcoholic’, and would go on extravagant holidays to the Costa del Sol. 

Carroll scooped the lottery jackpot in 2002 from a £1 ticket but he squandered away the money on fast cars plus drink and drugs
Carroll scooped the lottery jackpot in 2002 from a £1 ticket but he squandered away the money on fast cars plus drink and drugs

He did give £4m to friends and family, including his aunt and uncle who raised him following his father’s death when he was only 10 years old.

The rest of the money, however, funded an extreme lifestyle, including a mansion in Swaffham, Norfolk, two other homes, and racing cars.

The decadent and mischievous antics brought a swift end to his marriage to wife Sandra Aitken after she accused him of sleeping with vice girls. She had been seven months pregnant with their daughter before he won the lottery. 

Michael has made no secret of his womanising, and claims to have bedded some 4,000 women.

He described the ten years of blowing his multi-million fortune on drink, drugs and brothels as 'the best ten years of my life for a pound'
He described the ten years of blowing his multi-million fortune on drink, drugs and brothels as ‘the best ten years of my life for a pound’

Mickey continued to live in extravagance, and appeared in court over 30 times, mostly arriving in sports cars and drinking booze.

He was handed an ASBO for terrorising his neighbours and was jailed for five months in 2004 after failing to comply with a drug treatment order imposed as part of a sentence for cocaine possession.

His accountant warned him in 2005 that he was down to his last million, and in February 2006 he was jailed for nine months for affray.

As his funds started to dry up he saw several ‘hangers-on’ drift away, as he now says he was a ‘soft touch’. 

By February 2013, he was declared bankrupt and found himself back on Jobseeker’s Allowance.

'I wouldn't want to turn the clock back. But I live a good, free lifestyle now and I'm happier because I've got my life back'
‘I wouldn’t want to turn the clock back. But I live a good, free lifestyle now and I’m happier because I’ve got my life back’

At his lowest point he moved into a hotel for homeless down-and-outs for three months while he struggled to find work due to his reputation.

He then worked at the Walkers biscuit factory in Aberlour, before getting a licence to work in an abattoir.

Now a coal miner, he works seven days a week and lives in a modest rented flat. 

Carroll occasional plays the lottery and said if he won again, ‘he’d be down the yard at six every morning just to keep out of trouble’. 

The National Lottery will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Tuesday, with the public spending £3.9billion on tickets in the first half of 2019. 

 It is reported that the Queen took part in the first ever lottery, winning £10.

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