The BBC reports that Lotto winner Michael Carroll wants dustbin job back. In 2002, when he was 19 and already a convicted criminal, he won £9.7 million on the lottery. After his win he continued a life of petty crime. Now he has spent it all, including (he admits) £1.2m on drugs. So he is looking to return to his old job as a dustman.
Sadly the local bin service operators are not taking the same attitude as the Prodigal Son’s father, and have said they “are not recruiting for operatives in the area”.
What does this say about lotteries? I will give the last word to Carroll himself:
Asked if he regretted what he had done since winning the jackpot, Mr Carroll said: “When you give nine million pounds to a 19-year-old what do you think is going to happen?”