Woman says she couldn't be happier after blowing £1.87 million lottery winnings
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A woman thought she had it made after winning the lottery at the tender age of 16, but she has now admitted she's ‘really happy’ after blowing her £1.8 million fortune.
Callie Rogers became the youngest ever person to win the incredible jackpot back in 2003, with the then-teenager becoming a celebrity overnight.
After squandering the life-changing sum though, the 33-year-old admits that she is happier than ever and says that she just wants to go back to a ‘normal, quiet life’.
Appearing on This Morning back in 2018, she explained how she was forced to 'grow up overnight', despite still being a teenager.
After the very public win of £1,875,000, Callie had initially been delighted as it allowed her to purchase her first home after a life spent in the foster system.
However, she soon found herself struggling to cope with her new found fame and unable to trust those around her, who often pressured her into spending her fortune.
“It just became too much to cope with,” she candidly admitted to host Rylan Clark-Neil.
“Not knowing who liked me for me, and having all the stress of all the money, I just wanted to go back to having a normal life. I still struggle with trust issues."
New friends Callie made following her big win went on to pressure her to spend her £1.8 million fortune, with her spending roughly £500,000 on ‘gifts’ for those around her.
The young Callie also spent a staggering £300,000 on clothes and an estimated £18,000 on three boob jobs. Yet, Callie has worked hard to turn around her life.
“I’ve got a good job now, so I’m really happy,” she smiled, laughing at her younger self during the interview.
Nevertheless, it hasn’t been easy for her.
Isolated and with the money rapidly depleting, young Callie became increasingly depressed. She even attempted to take her own life.
“It had a lot to do with who loved me for me and who I could trust,” she told the viewers.
Now in her thirties, Callie has tried to turn her life around and focuses her attention on her three children.
Her youngest, Blake, suffers from cerebral palsy and Callie has said that it has changed her perspective on life.
“It makes the lottery feel like just a small thing in my life,” she added.
However, the mum is still to maintain a stable life after over a decade of partying, with her recently being banned from driving for 22 months after crashing her 4x4 into a hedgerow whilst under the influence of cocaine.
At the time, she was accompanied by her boyfriend Jason Fearon and the pair even attempted to flee the scene as police arrived.
Whilst Callie still argues her life has badly affected by those around her, following her win, the company behind the lottery have said that they have consistently supported her.
In a previous statement, Camelot said: "Callie received extensive support from us which lasted many years. She didn't take up the independent financial and legal advice offered by us. However, our winner's team fully supported her and helped her to handle media interest.
"We will continue to support Callie in any way we can if she wants."