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£148 million Euro Millions lottery winner sells £6.5 million mansion

Aug 13, 2021, 5:05 pm

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Winner moves out of lavish estate after "all the bad luck" it brought

By Kate Northrop

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, United Kingdom — A lottery winner who won £148 million (US$232.5 million) in a Euro Millions drawing in August 2012 sold the mansion he bought with his lottery winnings at a loss.

Not only did Adrian Bayford make headlines in 2012 for claiming the massive jackpot, which was Britain's second-largest Euro Millions win at the time, but now he is making another appearance in the news for selling the home he was dumped in on four separate occasions.

After collecting the prize at the time of his win, Bayford purchased a country mansion in Cambridgeshire built between 1815 and 1825 with his then-wife Gillian. She spent some of the money on her own fleet of luxury Audis, but she took home more than just a bunch of high-end cars from the dealership. Within just a year, she left her husband to date an Audi salesman.

The couple, who shared two children together, blamed the end of their nine-year marriage on the stresses caused by the influx of sudden wealth. When they went public with their win, they insisted they would not let their newfound fortune change them. They eventually managed to reach an agreement to split the lottery winnings, one of the biggest ever won in Britain.

Bayford moved on and dated Marta Jarosz, 37, a Polish sausage factory worker. He then got engaged to Sam Burbidge, 33, a stable girl, after which he began a relationship with waitress Lisa Kemp, 41.

One by one, each woman dumped him after moving in with him in his sprawling country estate.

The unlucky lottery winner placed the blame on the 189-acre property for his misfortune and unhappiness.

"He just wanted rid," one of Bayford's friends told The Sun. "He blames the house for all the bad luck he's had in love. You can see why. He's had a tough run."

The home, which is now marked as "sold" online, had a cinema, billiards room, gym, and pool installed by Bayford. The property also features a stable, but photos show them in a currently dilapidated state overrun by weeds. It was put on the market in 2018.

"He says the move from his old, happy life brought all the bad luck he's had," the friend explained. "Since Gillian left, he's just wanted someone to share his millions with, but it's not worked out."

The house sold for £6.5 million (US$9 million), but to break even while taking into account inflation and improvements, he would have had to sell it for £7,239,896 (US$10.04 million), according to financial experts.

Since selling the mansion, Bayford has moved into a £2.5 million (US$3.47 million) home near Blairgowrie in Perthshire to be closer to his kids and ex-wife Gillian, who has since remarried  and had another child.

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The story doesn't go too much in depth of what caused his unlucky streak in his love life. Maybe they asked him for money and he said no so they went goodbye.

If someone is happy in a relationship, the money may not change them. But if it wasn't good before the win, it won't get better because of it.

I wish them well.

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    "Bayford moved on and dated Marta Jarosz, 37, a Polish sausage factory worker. He then got engaged to Sam Burbidge, 33, a stable girl, after which he began a relationship with waitress Lisa Kemp, 41."

    I'm betting the next lucky lass will be a real estate agent.

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      Since it was 4 different women, perhaps the problem is not the women.  I think the women would have tried very hard to get along with him in light of the money involved.  That kinda leaves him as the problem.  But, hey, why not blame the house?

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        Gallatin Tennesee
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        So this guy had 148 million dollars. He spent 6.5 on the mansion, leaving 141.5 million. I realize he had to give part of it to his ex-wife, but that still leaves him with an awful lot of money. How on earth did he end up broke.? It does not seem like he was crazy like Michael "the lotto lout" or careless like David Lee Edwards. I doubt that the 3 girlfriends ripped him off. What could lead this guy to blow that many millions?  I am shocked.

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          TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
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          So this guy had 148 million dollars. He spent 6.5 on the mansion, leaving 141.5 million. I realize he had to give part of it to his ex-wife, but that still leaves him with an awful lot of money. How on earth did he end up broke.? It does not seem like he was crazy like Michael "the lotto lout" or careless like David Lee Edwards. I doubt that the 3 girlfriends ripped him off. What could lead this guy to blow that many millions?  I am shocked.

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          First off, they won £148 million (US$232.5 million) NOT $148 million

          Second...He didn't spend 6.5 mil on the house. That is what it sold for.

          Third... I don't know what article you read, but nowhere in this article does it say "He went broke"

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            * He is what folks would call a " Multi millionaire loser."

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              One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

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                Gallatin Tennesee
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                First off, they won £148 million (US$232.5 million) NOT $148 million

                Second...He didn't spend 6.5 mil on the house. That is what it sold for.

                Third... I don't know what article you read, but nowhere in this article does it say "He went broke"

                Open your eyes. They don't have to SAY he's broke. Look at what he sold the mansion for, he did not even break EVEN. A person with millions in the bank does not settle for less on any property, they are trying to get as much as possible. The only seller who settles for less is someone who is either stupid or desperate for money. I realize the article never said he went broke. I came to that conclusion myself. It's pretty obvious. By the way......whether it's pounds or dollars .....148 million is still 148 million. If you are in London it's 148 million pounds. This guy was not in America so for you to equate it to American money is irrelevant.

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                  Now you should have known them young chics was going to take that money and run... You big dummy... In fred sandford's voice.... And your ex-wife is a you know what...

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                    Started off wrong splitting that money half way down the line with your ex-wife..  it wasn't her ticket was it? And dates the Audi salesman OMG wasn't that salesman lucky

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                      I am amazed by how people blame money for their troubles when a lot of the time, the real culprit can be found by looking in the mirror.

                      Money only magnifies what is already there good or bad.

                      Seems like he keeps picking the same type of woman over and over again and getting the same results. 
                      Moving to another house will not solve his problems as long as he is in it, as nothing will change until he does.

                      It starts from within...

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                        I am amazed by how people blame money for their troubles when a lot of the time, the real culprit can be found by looking in the mirror.

                        Money only magnifies what is already there good or bad.

                        Seems like he keeps picking the same type of woman over and over again and getting the same results. 
                        Moving to another house will not solve his problems as long as he is in it, as nothing will change until he does.

                        It starts from within...

                        I couldn't have put it better myself 😏

                        a few and many would no doubt scoff at my after winning the lottery choices...

                         

                        but I figure on living the simplest life I can and dammed with what the others think I should've bought with the money

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                          The sausage stuffer and stable girl both walked and he thinks it's the house? Thud

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                            I am amazed by how people blame money for their troubles when a lot of the time, the real culprit can be found by looking in the mirror.

                            Money only magnifies what is already there good or bad.

                            Seems like he keeps picking the same type of woman over and over again and getting the same results. 
                            Moving to another house will not solve his problems as long as he is in it, as nothing will change until he does.

                            It starts from within...

                            I Agree!

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