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Only £2k left for Britain's youngest lottery winner

2013-07-17 23:02:27

Callie Rogers
Callie Rogers was one of the youngest winners
of the National Lottery at the age of 16 [Closer]

Britain's youngest-ever lottery winner has revealed she has just £2,000 left of her £1.9 million lottery win - but insists she's happier than ever.

Callie Rogers scooped the jackpot at the tender age of 16 back in 2003 and quickly splashed the cash on luxury holidays, houses, cars and expensive clothing.

But 10 years on from her win, the mum-of-three has admitted the huge sum of money was far too much for someone too young.

Speaking in a new interview with Closer magazine, she revealed: “I can’t believe 10 years have passed since I stood holding that huge cheque.

"It feels like a lifetime ago. So much has happened – terrible and amazing."

Callie now lives with her partner Paul, 34, in a modest £80k three-bedroom house in Cumbria.

She explained: “It was too much money for someone so young. Even if you say your life won’t change, it does and often not for the better.”

In fact, Callie said she's happier with her life now - taking care of her three children, Kian, Debony and Blake and working as a carer.

Callie was earning £3.60 an hour as a Co-op checkout girl in Cockermouth, Cumbria, when her numbers came up on June, 28, 2003. 
She admitted 'everything seemed to move at a million miles an hour' after her win, with Callie soon buying herself a house and places for her mum and foster parents. But soon she began to struggle with life on her own at just 16.

Despite wanting to go back to work, the Co-op told her it would be difficult due to all the attention she was getting.
Finding herself with no regular routine, she fell into a life of partying with so-called "friends." It was there she met boyfriend Nicky Lawson in August 2003, but life with him brought more partying.

Two years later, the pair had their first child, Kian, now eight. She recalled: “He wasn’t planned – and I didn’t feel ready to be a mum. But Nicky and I decided to go ahead.”

Callie explained the pressure of growing up quickly took its toll on her self-esteem and she grew increasingly depressed.

In November 2005, she tried to commit suicide. She said: “I felt guilty, like I shouldn’t be unhappy when I was so rich.”

Callie had daughter Debony in 2007, but her relationship was rocky and she split up with Nicky around a year later. 

But before long Callie noticed her bank balance was starting to dwindle.
"The money felt like a pressure by then – I felt I had to be living the high life constantly, and others expected handouts,” she recalled. “I just wanted to be normal.”
Callie struggled with depression until she met Paul Penny in 2010.

She said: “Paul had no idea who I was or that I was ever a millionaire. I didn’t tell him – after a while, he found out from mates, but he fell for me, not the money.” 

Life hasn’t been easy for the couple – in September 2011, she fell pregnant with twins but, tragically, one of the twins, Mason, was delivered stillborn, for unknown reasons.
Despite the heartbreak, Callie admits she’s now truly happy for the first time since her lottery win. 

She said: My life revolves around the kids and, if they want something expensive, they wait for birthdays and Christmas. I’m glad they’ll grow up knowing the value of money.

"I was too young to win the lottery – I don’t think 16 year olds should be eligible. It nearly broke me, but thankfully, I’m now stronger than ever.”


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