Lotto winner 'wants to be binman'
Published 18/05/2010 | 18:16
An ex-dustman who won a £9.7 million National Lottery prize nearly eight years ago wants to return to his old job, a friend said.
Michael Carroll, of Downham Market, Norfolk, had spent or given away most of his millions and was applying to a local council for a job as a binman, said the friend.
Mr Carroll, who was unavailable for comment, hit the jackpot in November 2002 at the age of 19 while living in King's Lynn, Norfolk.
He had been convicted of being drunk and disorderly shortly before winning and made headlines after appearing at a press conference wearing a monitoring tag which magistrates had ordered to be fitted.
"A few weeks ago he said he wanted to work on the bins again - and he's filling in application forms. I think it would pay between £15,000 and £18,000," said the friend.
"He's also doing some acting work. He wants to continue with that. He plans to take days off to fit that in when he gets acting jobs."
The friend added: "Most of the money has gone. But in many ways he's a success story. He's come out at the other end the same old Michael Carroll. He's happy.
"It hasn't all gone on drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll. He's probably given a few millions away to friends and so on. He owns a house in Downham Market. He owns another he's trying to sell. He hasn't got a mortgage."
In the years following his lottery win, Mr Carroll appeared in court on a number of occasions and was convicted of a variety of offences.
In 2004, he was given a five-month jail term after being convicted of breaching a drug treatment and testing order imposed following a conviction for cocaine possession. In 2006, he was given a nine-month jail term after being convicted of affray. Norwich Crown Court heard that he threatened teenagers at a Christian rock concert with a baseball bat in May 2004.