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Michael Carroll (born 29 March 1983), born in Swaffham, Norfolk, UK, is a former binman who won £9.7 million[1] (then US$15.4m) on the National Lottery in November 2002, aged 19. His biography written by Sean Boru titled Careful What You Wish For (ISBN 1-844-54313-7) was published by John Blake Publishing in October 2006[2].


Celebrity status

As a multi-millionaire, the self-proclaimed "Chavvy McChavChav,"[3] known by the press as the "Lotto Lout"[4], immediately bought four homes, a holiday villa in Spain, two convertible BMWs along with two Mercedes-Benz cars and several quad bikes. Sources close to him claim that Carroll, who wears a large amount of gold jewellery and has been in constant trouble with the law for using drugs and committing other crimes, has spent "untold thousands" on substance abuse.[1]

In 2005, Carroll participated in a celebrity boxing match where he was apparently defeated by Mark Smith, formerly a star of TV show Gladiators under the name Rhino, but the fight was officially declared a draw by the judges.[5]

Also in 2006, he was the subject of the documentary Michael Carroll: King of Chavs.

Personal life

Carroll proudly sports a tattoo of the Northern Irish paramilitary organisation Ulster Defence Association and, as a fan of Rangers FC, invested up to a million pounds of his winnings in Rangers Financial Management, from whom the football club receive a share of profits on the financial services they sell.[6]

He is currently estranged from his wife Sandra Aiken and daughter Brooke and has had a child with hairdresser girlfriend Gemma Peake.[7]

Legal issues

In February 2006, he was jailed for nine months for affray.[8]

Carroll had reportedly spent almost his entire fortune within 18 months on extravagant houses, cars for demolition derby races in his back garden, and gold jewellery. Later convicted of cocaine possession, it was claimed he has only 500,000 pounds left.[1]

In 2004, he was banned from driving for six months after being caught at the wheel of his new £49,000 BMW without L-plates and insurance. When asked for comment he said the filth had it in for him.[9]


Shortly after being released from prison at the end of June 2006, Carroll took out a loan in order to keep his houses and maintain his "party lifestyle".[10] The BBC has reported that he is almost broke, having spent his fortune on new homes, drugs, parties, jewellery and cars.[11]

Carroll has denied rumours that he is broke.[12]


  1. ^ a b c This is London, UK Lottery Winner Nearly Broke,, retrieved 21 May 2007  
  2. ^ Careful What You Wish For by Mikey Caroll with Sean Boru Barnes and Noble
  3. ^ Independent News and Media Limited, Who wants to be a millionaire?,, retrieved 21 May 2007  
  4. ^ "The Sun article on Michael Carroll". Retrieved 25 February 2009.  
  5. ^ Mcgurran, Aidan, Lout gets thrashed in the ring,, retrieved 21 May 2007  
  6. ^ Thomas Crosbie Media, 'Lotto lout' invests in Gers,, retrieved 21 May 2007  
  7. ^ "Lottery lout is chavin' a baby". The Sun. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2008.  
  8. ^ BBC News (10 February 2006), Nine months for Lotto millionaire,, retrieved 21 May 2007  
  9. ^ Johnston Press Digital Publishing, Lotto winner ordered to do unpaid work,, retrieved 21 May 2007  
  10. ^ Kelly, Tom, Lotto lout facing bankruptcy,, retrieved 21 May 2007  
  11. ^ BBC News (13 July 2006), £9m lottery winner 'almost broke',, retrieved 21 May 2007  
  12. ^ Exclusive: Michael Carroll talks BBC Radio Norfolk, 14 August 2006

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