With a criminal record for shoplifting at the age of 13, it seems that the lottery win did nothing to help him change his ways, indeed he was banned from driving in 2004, given an ASBO in 2005 for catapulting steel balls and damaging 32 cars and shop windows. Then in 2006 he was jailed for 9 months for affray.
Never far from the media spotlight, Carroll’s behaviour was the stuff of tabloid dreams, his fortune was squandered on fast cars, gambling, prostitutes, drugs and drink. He reportedly gave £4 million to family and friends.
By 2010, Michael Carroll was declared bankrupt and back on job seeker’s allowance and had nothing to show for the fortune he won in 2002. In 2013 he was working in a biscuit factory in Elgin, Morayshire.
“I get £204 every week for packing and stacking shortbread and cookies and I love it. I treasure those wages more than any £9 million fortune”
The moral of the story is that perhaps for Michael Carroll, the big win on the lottery was a case of ‘ too much too young.’ Taking sound financial advice might have helped however his pre-disposition for trouble doesn’t seem to have helped!