Lottery ‘Curse’ Hits UK Family Twice
The UK National Lottery has created many instant millionaires. The UK lottery is popular throughout the country and lottery players in the UK can buy online lottery tickets through the lottery’s official website. There are many very interesting stories related to UK lotto winners and the following story which began in 2004 with a 14 million pound ($22,350,213 USD) win is one of stranger lottery stories recorded. In 2003 Robert Frazer, a taxi driver from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, won the multi million pound jackpot and the big win was widely covered by the national media. Mr. Frazer wanted to share his good fortune with his children and step children and gave each a 1 million pounds including stepson Christopher Graham. The hard working Frazer had worked fourteen hour shifts six days a week for twenty years earning 18,000 pounds a year.
Fast forward to 2010. Recent news reports say that Frazer’s stepson Christopher Graham is in serious trouble. It seems that Graham squandered his share of the lottery loot on a bizarre collection of drugs, drug inspired art, miniature bottles of spirits, bottles of chili sauces, comic books and various green teas from China. Graham had received his lottery windfall just three days after being released from prison where he was serving a sentence for drug dealing. In addition to his bizarre collections Graham engaged in some pretty strange behavior. He was recently jailed for arson after putting a firework through a former girlfriend’s letter box.
Graham’s home has been raided twice by police who found large quantities of drugs including LSD, ecstasy, cannabis, ketamine and diazepam. He also admitted his guilt in two charges of possessing drugs but denied being a dealer. The judge was not convinced and sentenced Graham to a total of seven years; six for the arson and one year for the drug offenses. Bad luck seems to run in the family; Frazer also gave stepdaughter Wendy Graham a 1 million pounds. Wendy, who was dubbed the’Lotto loser’, squandered her fortune on partying, drug taking and drinking. Wendy moved into an upscale neighborhood but didn’t get along with neighbors who didn’t appreciate her lifestyle. Within two years Wendy was broke and in debt and was overdrawn at her bank. It seems that Frazer’s original win brought misfortune to part of his family. One can only hope that Mr. Frazer has been more prudent with his lottery winnings.