Lotto win seen as curse for divorcing couple

Lottery balls. Picture: Gallo Images/Thinkstock
Lottery balls.
Picture: Gallo Images/Thinkstock

A married couple who won £2-million (R3.8-million) on the UK’s National Lottery in 2004, have now divorced after the wife began a relationship with one of Britain’s wealthiest men, Mike Clare.

David and Victoria Jones scooped the jackpot, after having been married for only a month, when Victoria spent her last pound on purchasing the winning ticket.

Twelve years on, the pair both wish they had never won, claiming the lottery win ruined their lives.

Victoria spoke of the stress it had brought.

“Twelve years down the line, I’m still classed as a lottery winner and it’s horrible. “It ruins your life. People treat you differently – it’s just not a nice thing.” She announced on Boxing Day 2015 that she was leaving David.

But despite this the pair decided to try to re-kindle the romance on a trip to the Cape Verde Islands.

It was there that David discovered the affair after reading an SMS on his wife’s phone.

Despite originally denying a romance with Victoria, Clare later confirmed it, saying: “I am seeing Victoria Jones. She didn’t leave her husband for me.” Clare sold his business for £222-million (R4.2-billion) in 2008 and is still married to his wife.

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