The things started getting worse for the ‘lottery couple’ after the wife began a relationship with one of the UK’s richest men.
David and Victoria Jones won £2.3 million in 2004, having been married for a month, and used the money to set up a successful property portfolio in Devizes, Wiltshire.
After almost twelve years of their marriage, the couple now believe that the lottery “ruined their lives” and that they wish they had never won.
Mrs Jones, 41, who bought the winning ticket with the last pound coin in her purse, has reportedly left her husband for wealthy businessman Mike Clare – who sold bed retailer Dreams for £222 million in 2008, reported the Telegraph.
Despite having bought a luxury home and a £70,000 sports car with their lottery winnings, Mrs Jones said it was “one of the worst things that’s ever happened to [her]”.
She said: “The stress it gives you in life and even 12 years down the line, I’m still classed as a lottery winner and it’s horrible. It ruins your life. People treat you differently – it’s just not a nice thing.”
Their relationship began to deteriorate on Boxing Day last year, when Mr Jones, 41, said his wife announced she was leaving him.
Mr Jones claims he discovered his wife’s affair with Mr Clare after reading text messages exchanged between the two.