Callie Rogers, who won a National Lottery jackpot worth £1.9 million when she was just 16 years old, was arrested on Wednesday 03 December, 2008 on suspicion of dealing cocaine. Callie, who is now 21 years old, was later released without charge, but a male who was also arrested in the same dawn raid has been charged with several counts of supplying cocaine.
Callie is the second youngest lottery jackpot winner in the UK, and the man who has been charged with supplying cocaine is said to be her boyfriend. Both were arrested at her home in Whitehaven, Cumbria.
There are some commentators who think that the minimum age for playing the lottery should be increased from 16 to 18. This would bring lotteries in line with other gambling activities, and young people from having to deal with the challenge of becoming millionaires at a time in their lives when they may not have the same level of maturity as a legal adult.
So far, Callie has coped with her win quite well. Although she has of course enjoyed her fair share of shopping sprees and holidays, she has managed her millions quite sensibly and has most of her fortune invested in properties and elsewhere. How she proceeds from this point remains to be seen.
One thing is for certain: the gaze of the tabloids will always be on lottery winners. For some reason the UK press seems to love writing about the downfall or potential downfall of those who have won large lottery prizes, and although saying no to opting for publicity can be helpful in protecting privacy, it isn’t any guarantee of that. The only way to avoid negative press is for the winners themselves to be on their guard to avoid giving the press anything to write about in the first place.
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