£9 million lottery winner drank himself to death

A father-of-two who won millions on the National Lottery became so bored after giving up his job that he turned to booze and eventually drank himself to death.

Keith and Louise Gough won £9 million in 2005, and like many others Mr Gough saw the win as the “answer to his dreams”.

But the couple, who were married for 27 years, separated just two years later after Mr Gough gave up his job and began drinking out of boredom.


Speaking last year Mr Gough lamented the devastating effect of the win on his life.

He said: “Without routine in my life I started to spend, spend, spend. In the end I was just bored.

“Before the win all I would drink was some wine with a meal. I used to be popular but I’ve driven away all my friends. I don’t trust anyone any more.

“When I see someone going in to a newsagent, I advise them not to buy a lottery ticket.”


The 58-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack in March this year, brought on by drinking and stress.

At the time it was believed that Mr Gough had died penniless, but last week it emerged that he had left an estate worth almost £800,000.

At the time of his death a friend said: “They were an ordinary couple with a decent but simple lifestyle.

“The money ruined that and killed Keith. It went to his head and he couldn’t handle it. The whole thing is a tragedy.”


Since the start of the National Lottery a number of jackpot winners have admitted misery because of their windfall.

Earlier this year one of Britain’s youngest lottery millionaires was found dead in his home.

Stuart Donnelly, who was 17 when he won £2 million in 1997, had become a virtual recluse as he struggled to cope with his new found wealth – and the sudden death of his father in 2000.


Mr Donnelly spent his winnings on many things including houses, one of which was for his mother, charitable donations to a hospital his brother was being treated at and an executive seat at Celtic Football Club.

But he reportedly struggled to deal with the pressure of winning the lottery, particularly at such a young age.

Michael Carroll, a former dustman, won £9.7million in 2002 but claimed it had made him miserable.


After he won the jackpot, his wife Sandra left him and took their baby daughter with her.

Mr Carroll turned to cocaine, was jailed and was later served with two anti-social behaviour orders.

In 1999 Stephanie Powell won £7.2million, but her family life began to break down as a result.

Her partner Wayne Lawrence walked out on her, claiming the stress of her riches as his reason.

In 1999 Phil Kitchen, a jobless carpenter, won £1.8 million but two years later was found dead in his £500,000 home after drinking himself to death.

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