By Paul Sims
Expecting twins: Teenage jackpot winner Callie Rogers, now 25, poses for Closer magazine
When Callie Rogers won £1.9million on the lottery aged 16, a happy future seemed assured.
However, the teenager's jackpot win left her life in tatters after she squandered it on drugs and partying.
Now aged 25, Miss Rogers is pregnant with twins – and has posed naked for a magazine shoot showing off her tattooed baby bump.
And she insists her life has now changed for the better, saying: 'I might not have any of my millions left but, for the first time in my life, I really do feel like I've won the lottery.'
She was in foster care and earning £3.60 an hour as a shop assistant when she won the jackpot in 2003.
A fortnight later she met Nicky Lawson, 29, and the couple went on to have a son, now seven, and daughter, now four.
But unable to cope with her instant wealth, her life ran out of control.
Her money went on properties, cars, holidays and gifts for friends, and she spent thousands on breast enlargements.
'I made bad choices with men and was partying to the point where I was totally out of control,' she added.
She attempted suicide three times and lost custody of the children when she and Mr Lawson split in 2010.
Now she has £40,000 left and is living in a rented home in Workington, Cumbria.
But she says she is happier than ever to be expecting identical twin boys in three weeks with her new partner, fireman Paul Penny, 33.
She told Closer magazine: 'We didn't plan a baby, let alone two, but I'm truly the happiest I've ever been in my life. I've finally grown up and said goodbye to my troubled past.
'I have about £40,000 left but after that all my money is gone. But I'm really not worrying about it. I just don't desire material things like I used to.'
Sixteen-year-old Callie Rogers, then from Cockermouth in Cumbria celebrating her win in 2003
She added: 'I'm so excited about having my boys. It's the best gift anyone could ever have given me and far better than ever winning the jackpot.
'It's like I have been given another chance at happiness and for that I am extremely grateful.'
The cover of this week's Closer magazine features Callie Rogers
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
By Paul Sims