The Prodigal Dustman

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?”

0 thoughts on “The Prodigal Dustman

  1. I’d say Carroll hasn’t learned anything from his experience–rather, from his own mistakes.

    Not all 19-year-olds would have squandered the money in 8 years, or even at all, for that matter.

  2. I guess you’re right. When you give nine million pounds to a (now) 27-year-old what do you think is going to happen? If he is some like Carroll then he will waste it. But not many ordinary people (me included) are well equipped to make good use of it. My point really was that these huge lottery wins are ridiculous and don’t even make the winners happy.

  3. If you do not have true peace on the inside, wealth only magnifies your failings and weaknesses. That is why people who suddenly become wealthy very rarely are happy or prosperous.

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