Callie Rogers was attacked by Marie Hinde and Jade Quayle in her boyfriend’s house in Cumbria in July last year. The youngest lottery winner in UK history thought she would die that night.
Rogers, now 31, won a whopping £1.87 million at the age of 16 back in 2003. She was punched, kicked, stamped and dragged around “like a rag roll” by the two attackers after a night out. The mother-of-four was left with broken ribs, teeth and her nose. She also suffered from permanent damage to her eyesight.
The woman has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident. Now she also suffers panic attacks.
“They didn’t say a word but grabbed me, threw me on the floor and started kicking me in the head.” Rogers described.
‘They were like wild animals and wanted to disfigure me as much as possible. At one stage I feared I’d be killed. I’m convinced it was jealousy, because I won the lottery.”
Carlisle Crown Court heard how things happened during that night when Rogers was heading to her ex-boyfriend, Jack Murray’s house by taxi. Murray wasn’t at home when she arrived but Hinde and Quayle, who were a couple at the time, were inside the house taking care of Murray’s dog. Disagreements developed between the three before Hinde and Quayle initiated the attack when Roger walked the dog back into the house. Hinde admitted the crime at Carlisle Crown Court in August. Aside from assault, she admitted witness intimidation and was sentenced to jail for 33 months.
Quayle also admitted assault and was jailed for 21 months. Rogers said she was “relieved” that the attackers had been jailed but the experience still gave her nightmares. However, she was determined not to be “defeated” by the attackers.
Life after the Win
Rogers became a victim of depression and after winning the lottery and even attempted suicide. She left her job as a supermarket assistant when she won the jackpot. She spent all of her fortune on drugs, cosmetic surgery, designer clothes and gifts for friends.
Now that all the money is gone, Rogers works as a care assistant earning £8.23 an hour. She lives in a £400-per-month rented house in Cumbria but the woman has no regrets.
“I lost it, but it doesn’t make me a loser. I’m working hard now to provide for my kids,” said Rogers. “I might not have all that money, but I’m a happier person for it. People don’t believe that, but it’s true. I was never even interested in money.”