Lotto winner dubbed ‘UK’s most eligible bachelor’ at 23 returns to work pushing Barrow
Karl Crompton was spotted getting his hands dirty on a construction site, 25 years after his big Loto win saw him crowned Britain’s most eligible bachelor.
In the first photos of him in 14 years, bearded Karl – sporting a relaxed khaki T-shirt and black shorts – is running with a cement wheelbarrow at the Blackpool site.
He was also seen driving a black Land Rover Discovery, reports The Mirror.
This is just one of the expensive cars he has acquired since winning £ 10.9million in 1996 – 18 months after the National Lottery started.
Karl was only 23 when he landed the jackpot, but artfully built a rental property empire, doubling his fortune to £ 22million.
After his life-changing victory, Karl was dubbed Britain’s most eligible bachelor – but he married his girlfriend Nicole Roach a decade later.
The millionaire is now believed to have parted ways with his wife and left the mansion he built in Fylde, Lancs.
In a 2009 interview with the Sunday Mirror, Karl recounted how he invested all of his earnings in the property.
He spent £ 1.5million to build his five-bedroom Gothic-style home in Fylde, which was estimated to be worth £ 3.6million just over a decade ago.
The mansion had a large pond in the gardens and his parents, Keith and Pat, lived on a property up front.
Karl, who was an intern at Comet earning £ 100 a week, also invested in another house in Vancouver, Canada.
He revealed that it was his mother who suggested he buy a ticket to the fateful £ 22million lotto draw in 1996.
Karl told the Sunday Mirror: “My mom, dad and brother helped pick a few numbers and then I went out with my friends.
“The next morning I went down to the kitchen and my mom said, ‘You’re looking at a lottery winner.
“I have four numbers and I have £ 96 or something.”
“So I looked at the numbers and my ticket. Even when Camelot later confirmed the numbers, I couldn’t believe I had won.
“It was £ 10,903,198 – one half of the entire Lotto Rollover Prize.”