Saturday, 27 Nov 2021

Life of Britain’s youngest lotto winner – surgery, benefits and transformation

Callie Rogers was just 16 when she scooped a staggering £1.8 million on the Lottery, becoming Britain's youngest winner in the process.

The teenager was "jumping and screaming" when she realised she had become Britain's youngest lotto winner in 2003 – but little did she know her life would spiral out of control.

The young teen won the jackpot when she was a checkout girl earning just £3.60 an hour – whilst living with foster parents on a council estate in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

"I'm still going to shop in the same shops and do the same things," she told reporters at a press conference after her big win.

"I will not go wild and spend loads. I'm going to take some advice and see an accountant."

But the lottery winner, who is now 33, ended up blowing her huge jackpot and is currently living on benefits.

After she won the whopping sum, it was reported that she spent thousands on drug-fuelled parties, designer clothes and plastic surgery, which included three boob jobs.

Callie suddenly found it hard to maintain friendships after people tried to befriend her to get a hold of some of her windfall

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She told Closer Magazine in 2013: "I was a local celeb and people would come up to me in pubs as if they were my best friend and I felt pressure to buy them all drinks. I didn't know who to trust.

"It was too much money for someone so young. Even if you say your life won't change, it does – and often not for the better. It nearly broke me, but thankfully, I'm now stronger."

Callie generously gave around half a million pounds to her friends and family – and was subject to a brutal assault in more recent years after gaining popularity in her local area.

Her attackers Marie Hinde, 38, and Jade Quayle, 27, were later jailed after she was knocked unconscious and left with broken ribs, smashed teeth and permanent damage to her eyesight.

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The Lottery winner found her life on a rapid decline and in March this year, it was revealed in court that she was claiming universal credit.

The revelation came while she was slapped with a 22-month driving ban after she crashed her 4×4 with her new partner Jason Fearon, 31, last year December.

It was reported that she had to be pepper sprayed when she was detained after a police chase in Cumbria. Her partner said she was driving but her defence said there was no evidence to back his claim.

The mum-of-four admitted to failing to take a specimen and was given an electric tag for 11 weeks, after she tested positive for cocaine, reports The Sun.

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Mr Woolaghan, defending her, said in court: “She’s in receipt of benefits at the moment – she’s in receipt of Universal Credit for herself and the children.

"She is going to have to try and manage her life for the period of that disqualification without the benefit of her vehicle and her driving licence.”

Shortly after hitting the jackpot she met the father of her two eldest children Nicky Lawson and moved into a £180,000 property. But five years later, their relationship drifted apart which led to Callie attempting suicide.

Her life continued down a road of despair and saw her children taken away from her at one point which led her to spend £17,000 on a breast enhancement to boost her esteem, reports Daily Mail.

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But the mum seems to now be in good spirits and has undertaken a complete transformation after taking the plunge and shaving her hair.

Two months after her court appearance, Rodgers looked unrecognisable after she posted a photograph of her glam grey buzz cut on Facebook.

The mum could also be seen sporting huge arm and neck tattoos in the photo which referenced the "biggest challenge in life is trying to 'be yourself".

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And despite her turbulent life since her major jackpot, she said that she doesn't regret winning the lottery but does regret not saving some of the money for her disabled son Blake who has cerebral palsy.

She has since called for lottery bosses to raise the age limit to 18.

She said: “We all make mistakes in life and I made some when I was young and naive but winning the lottery was a big part of becoming the person I am today and I’m proud of who I am."

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