In 2007 Scottish born Angela Kelly, a Royal Postal worker, celebrated Britain’s largest ever lottery win. Single mother of 2 Angela thought the money would be a god-send and a blessing but within just 2 months was claiming it was a curse that had ruined her life.
2 months after claiming the 35.4 million pounds (approximately $53.5 million) Ms. Kelly was still living in her small flat in East Kilbride.
With odds of 76,000,000 to 1 against winning the jackpot on the Euro Millions draw it was no surprise that she was in disbelief when she checked her ticket. Not all lottery wins are as as benevolent such as this one.
Surprise SurpriseThe prize was so big that Angela could not bring herself to belief that she had actually won when she checked her ticket in work.
So, she asked her work colleagues in the Post Office to check it again for her.
The only luxury Angela allowed herself was a trip to the hairdressers.
Although for many people a monetary prize that immediately made you richer than the heir to the English throne, Prince William, for Angela it was a nightmare.
Instead of celebrating her huge success with extravagance and luxuries she moved to a small apartment in a “less than desirable” area of her town that is seen as being deprived so she could hide.
She also gained 12lbs in weight and split from her romantic partner.
The Moment of TruthOnce she realised she had won Angela could hardly breath and had to put her head between her knees.
She said she was shaking so much that she could not write her name on the back of the ticket as advised by the lottery representative she was passed to when she phoned to make her claim.
Soon after that phone call her fourteen year old son John telephoned her to hear the words “I’ve had a wee win on the lottery.” What an understatement.
Soon afterwards the National Lottery company, Camelot, had arrived at her place of work to drive her to a secret location while she awaited her cheque presentation ceremony. The secret location turned out to be the expensive Airth Castle hotel in Stirlingshire.
The Magnificent SevenCamelot have a team of seven people who help big ticket winners to adjust to their new circumstances.
However after being taken to designer stores and expensive shops Angela found the entire experience daunting and unfamiliar enough for her to dislike it.
Although Dot Renshaw, one of Camelot’s magnificent seven, could not entice Angela with expensive goods and toys she did successfully convince her to deposit her £35 million cheque into a private bank and seek expert advice from top Financial Advisers.
In the UK and Europe there is no tax paid on winnings and the entire sum is deposited to the winner in one bulk sum.
So the interest on Angela’s bank account is £21,000 per week (approximately $31,750) – the same yearly salary she was used to in her job at the Post Office.
Angela has since settled into her new life well but still hankers after her days as a “£3 burger and pint girl”.