Lottery curse

After wife’s affair with multimillionaire, lottery winners say big win ruined their lives

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Twelve years after having won three million dollars in the U.K. National Lottery, the winning couple are getting divorced and have told media that the lottery “ruined their lives.” David and Victoria Jones won the lottery just a month into their marriage in 2004 — reportedly with the last pound in Victoria’s purse. Victoria, 41, has now reportedly left her husband for one of the richest men in the U.K., 61-year-old businessman Mike Clare. Clare, who runs property firm Clarenco, is worth an estimated $340 million.

The couple used the winnings to purchase a luxury home and a $91,000 sports car, but by Boxing Day last year David, also 41, said that his wife had told him she was leaving. The couple attempted a make-or-break trip to Cape Verde in March, where David claims he discovered that his wife was having an affair with Clare after reading his wife’s text messages.

Victoria initially denied the relationship, saying that she and the multimillionaire businessman were “just good friends.” Clare finally admitted that he had had a romantic relationship with Victoria, but denied any role in the couple’s divorce. “I am seeing Victoria Jones. She didn’t leave her husband for me,” said Clare. “We’re not living together or anything like that. I’m seeing her. I’m quite friendly with my wife, I had a meeting with her yesterday. I haven’t just seen Victoria. Everyone knows I’ve seen different girls and [my wife] is aware.”

The Jones are reportedly in the process of splitting their assets, and Clare reportedly separated from his wife in August. Victoria has called the lottery win “one of the worst things that’s ever happened to [her],” claiming that the attention that comes with the win “ruins your life.” The Jones’s are the latest couple to split after winning the lottery — a trend that many attribute to the so-called “lottery curse.” Les and Samantha Scadding also divorced after winning $59 million in 2009, and Adrian and Gillian Bayford separated a year after winning $193 million in 2012.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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