I Had Mansion, Ferrari and 5-Star Lifestyle .. Now I Worry about Paying for the Shopping; .I Blame Dominic Keane after Losing My Lotto Millions .I Begged Fred the Shred to Help. but He Shunned Me

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I Had Mansion, Ferrari and 5-Star Lifestyle .. Now I Worry about Paying for the Shopping; .I Blame Dominic Keane after Losing My Lotto Millions .I Begged Fred the Shred to Help. but He Shunned Me


Byline: STEVE SMITH

pounds 10MILLION Lotto winner John McGuinness yesterday revealed how he now worries about having enough cash for groceries.

In an emotional interview, Scotland's biggest National Lottery winner opened his heart and: .Blamed his controversial ex-business partner Dominic Keane for his financial ruin because he encouraged him to invest in Livingston FC. .Accused shamed banker Fred Goodwin of ignoring his pleas for help.

.Revealed he has thought about killing himself.

.Claimed he must now live as a near recluse after being mercilessly mocked in the street.

John won pounds 10,055,900 on January 27, 1996, but his world collapsed around his ears in November 2007 when a friend phoned and told him: "John. You're skint."

He has kept a dignified silence since then but decided to speak out after failed former soccer boss Keane was cleared of a pounds 2million bank fraud earlier this month.

John lost millions in a doomed venture to buy Livingston with ex-Celtic director Keane.

Keane was accused in court of tricking the lotto millionaire into signing an extension to a pounds 2million loan.

But he walked free after a jury took 40 minutes to find him not guilty.

Worried John said: "I know in the eyes of the law nobody is to blame for me losing my money... but I know who I blame.

"I gave my money to Dominic Keane and now it's all gone and I've got nothing. Someone must have taken it.

"Keane broke down in the witness box and said he'd lost his house. But I'm the only one who lost everything.

"If I had never met him, I'd be sitting here today with about pounds 5million in the bank and I would have been quite happy enjoying a brilliant life.

"I had the Ferraris, the designer wardrobe and the luxury holidays. I had everything I had ever dreamed about and more.

"Now I'm worried about how to pay for the shopping."

After giving away pounds 3million to friends and family, and forking out pounds 1million for a Larkhall mansion, John was lured by the dream of owning part of a football club and sank almost a third of his winnings into First Division Livingston.

He said: "Let's be brutally honest, there was a lot of naivet in it. I thought I'd plenty of money and what was a few million to invest in a football club? Dominic told me it was all going to be safe and he was just using it against other things he was doing.

"I didn't get a chance to do anything about it. I got a call from a friend on a Sunday in November 2007 to tell me Livingston was shutting "I couldn't quite understand.He spelled Iand 'to it out and said: 'John. You're skint.' I had no letters or warnings from the bank. I felt like my insides had been ripped out.

"For the first year, I still had a bit of money because I managed to cash in a policy for around pounds 400,000. I transferred that to my wife, but most of it went on legal fees for a civil case against Dominic that I tried to bring to court.

"The cars are all gone. The holidays are memories. Everything disappeared with that one phone call from my mate.

When you've got kids and a family, you've got to put on a brave face but I'm totally exhausted with it all.

"I've got no get-up-and-go and my blood pressure is sky-high.

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