Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lotto Winner Goes Back to Day Job after Blowing [Pounds Sterling]2.8m in 12 Years

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lotto Winner Goes Back to Day Job after Blowing [Pounds Sterling]2.8m in 12 Years

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A 12-YEAR spending spree that included buying a massage parlour and a marriage to a topless model has seen lottery winner Michael Antonucci blow his fortune. Now he's gone back to his old job.

The 58-year-old was today unrepentant over a series of deals that has wiped out his [pounds sterling]2.8 million winnings.

"You don't want to die as the richest man in the graveyard. You have to spend some and enjoy it." Spend it he did. Mr Antonucci, one of the first of the lottery millionaires after borrowing [pounds sterling]10 from his mother to buy the tickets, invested his cash in a series of failed ventures. He spent [pounds sterling]40,000 launching a pop band and also tried running a massage parlour and a pub.

He spent [pounds sterling]10,000 on a wedding to a 22-year-old glamour model in the Bahamas.

His marriage to Kelly Arkins lasted just 12 weeks. …

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