My Dad Didn’t Share His EuroMillions Jackpot So We Destroyed His Car With A HAMMER – And Other Winners Who Went To War
KIRK Stevens isn’t the only lottery loser who missed out on a fortune when a relationship turned sour.
We have revealed how engineer Kirk, 39, from Hucknall, Notts, believes he owes a share of his ex-girlfriend Laura Hoyle’s £3.6million jackpot.
But other lotto feuds have erupted over who gets what – and some are even more bitter.
One son even destroyed his father’s car because none of the good fortune reached him.
The rules of the British National Lottery are clear – only the person named on the winning ticket is entitled to the money.
This can lead to nasty arguments between unions, friends, family and spouses, as we see here.
When a dozen bus drivers from Corby in the Northants scooped up £38million on EuroMillions a decade ago, they thought they had the ticket to the easy life.
But it sparked a row between Alex Robertson and his sons, who claimed he refused to share his £3.1million winnings with them.
Alex Jnr, 45, admitted: “We ended up hammering his two new 4×4 Shoguns.
“We got into his driveway at 11 p.m. and put two claw hammers through the car windows.
“We then reported to the police.”
He told The Sun at the time: “That lottery win was the worst thing that ever happened to us – it tore our families apart.”
His brother William, 44, was accused of harassing the lotto winner by sending him threatening text messages
But the case against William was dropped in 2013 after Alex Snr, 77, decided not to fly from Spain to give evidence at trial.
A husband fumed when the rest of his syndicate refused to share part of the prize with his wife, who had accidentally picked the lucky numbers.
Jim Hogg, from Drongnan, Ayrshire, thought his wife Nan should get a decent share of the £100,000 won by the ten members – even though she hadn’t paid – because good fortune was down for her to get a confusing number.
But the other nine winners were only prepared to give him £1,000 as a thank you in 2009.
Cleaner Jim said: “If I had been greedy I could have kept the £100,000 without saying a word – how would they have known?”
Dublin taxi driver Gary Ellison took legal action in 2009 when he failed to get a share of his aunt’s £380,000 lucky lottery.
He told a court he signed the back of the winning ticket with his aunt Kay when she handed it over to the National Lottery of Ireland.
But after Kay died in 2007 most of the money went to Gary’s uncle Liam, who insisted he had been in a syndicate with his sister for almost 18 years .
Dawn Watson clashed with her friend Beverley Caskie when the Newcastle woman received a check for £1.4million from Camelot in 1998.
She reportedly stormed off, “I never thought you could cheat on me like this.”
The co-workers had a written agreement to split the earnings, but Beverley insisted the deal was overturned when Dawn changed jobs a week earlier and failed to put in her numbers.
Beverley said: “I sympathize with her. I’ll talk to her when things calm down.”
Hit the roof
Failing to invest his stake not only cost roofer Tony Holmes a £2.2million share in 1997, but also a good relationship with his brother Eddie.
Eddie, from Batheaston, near Bath, Somerset, had little sympathy for Tony and four other members of a 25-strong union who were not keeping up with their payments.
He said at the time: “They knew the rules.”
Tony said: “I’ve been a member of the union since day one, almost two years.
“I’m devastated. I think they should have contributed a bit.”
An aunt in Canada has taken her nephew to court to stop him receiving half of her £619,000 lottery win four years ago.
Barbara Reddick claimed she gave Tyrone MacInnes the money to buy the ticket and asked him to put his name on it for good luck.
She said: “I put his name on the ticket for good luck because he is like a son to me – he was.
“He was lucky, but not for half a million dollars. Tyrone gets nothing from me.”
A judge ruled that Barbara was entitled to most of the winnings, but still awarded Tyrone more than a quarter of the money.