Man Curses Lottery After Blowing R146 Million Jackpot on Mansions, Bikes and Luxury Cars: “It’s an Illusion”

Man Curses Lottery After Blowing R146 Million Jackpot on Mansions, Bikes and Luxury Cars: “It’s an Illusion”

  • Looking at Lee Ryan painting peoples' property for a living, it isn't easy to imagine he was once a wealthy man worth R146 million
  • The windfall came in 1995 when he won the National Lottery in 1995 and bought a mansion with a pool, superbikes, an aircraft, and several fancy cars
  • Five years later, Lee was broke, homeless, and bitter, a development that made him say the lottery is cursed

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When Lee Ryan won a whopping £6.5million (R146 million) from the National Lottery in 1995, many concluded that poverty would never be his portion again, forever.

Lee Ryan
Lee calls the lottery "a curse" but still plays hoping to win again and use the money on helping the homeless. Photo credits: Spartacus.
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How wrong were they? Lee was broke again within just five years, penniless but homeless and living on the streets.

According to Wales Online, the family man splashed his windfall on a mansion with a pool, two Ducati superbikes, an aircraft, and several fancy cars.

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Among the high-end vehicles that sat in his parking was a Bentley, a Ferrari, a Porsche and a BMW with number plates LEE 1, LEE 2, LEE 3 and LEE 4.

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Lottery is a curse: Lee

When he parted with his millions quickly, Lee was so heartbroken that he referred to the lottery as "a curse."

He indicated that having been there, he learned that people always think a win automatically means the end of their worries, but that is not true.

"This is just the beginning of your worries. You will see who is who in your life, even in your own family it becomes fractured. It’s all just an illusion really. All these possessions trap you," he added.

Lee has reason to make such claims as he was forced to hire an ex-SAS soldier to guard his family after getting wind of a plot to kidnap one of his children.

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Spent 9 months in prison

Not long after winning, Lee found himself on the wrong side of the law and was sentenced to nine months behind bars for handling stolen cars.

That was not all, his marriage to Karen ended in 2003 and the couple sold their mansion, after which he got a new girlfriend named Jyldyz Djangaracheva.

They relocated to her home country, Kyrgyzstan, central Asia, where Lee also lost £2m (KSh 359 million) in failed investments.

He ventured into large-scale fish farming but claims local mafia bosses stole his fish, followed by his second divorce and eventual collapse of his money empire.

Lee is now a decorator

He reiterated that it was a crazy experience to move from vast wealth to poverty, one he will never forget for the rest of his life.

After leading a lavish lifestyle and losing it all, the now 63-year-old helps out at a homeless shelter that once housed him by offering free decorating services.

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The one-time billionaire still plays the lottery hoping to win again, but this time he has learned his lesson the hard way and vows to spend the cash helping the homeless, The Mirror reports.

“Apart from death, you can’t get much more rock bottom than being homeless, so I tested myself and it’s all good," he posits.

Lotto calls on winner to collect earnings

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the National Lottery called on the winner of an R44 million jackpot to claim it.

The CEO of the lottery said that if anyone does not claim the money in 365 days from when she made the announcement, the winnings will be given to charity through the National Lottery Distribution fund.

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