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    Euromillions winner's son loses court battle for money for life

    A man who won a 101m Euromillions jackpot does not have to "cough up" financial support for his son "whenever asked", a court has ruled.

    Former factory worker Dave Dawes, 53, from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, and his wife Angela, 49, won the money in 2011.

    Central London County Court heard Mr Dawes' son Michael, 32, was given 1.6m, but funds stopped after a row.

    He was seeking a ruling that his father and stepmother must financially support him for the rest of their lives.

    Judge Nigel Gerald said Michael "was provided with the funds to have a comfortable life" but instead behaved like a "profligate son" who expected his father to bail him out.

    The court heard the former naval officer and his civil partner James Beedle, 34, gave up their jobs and spent nearly 1.6m over two years.

    This included 500,000 on a house in Portsmouth and nearly 250,000 on Mr Beedle's family and their friends.

    At one point the pair were spending between 20,000 and 30,000 a month, which the judge said was "astonishing" and "way outside their means".

    The court heard his father regularly topped up his funds when he ran out of money.

    The judge said Mr Dawes was "baffled" when Michael asked for more funds in April 2012 after being given 1m shortly after the win in October 2011.

    "Michael took this as a demonstration that his father would cough up whenever asked, and this therefore buttressed his strange conclusion that his dad would financially support him for the rest of his life," the judge said.

    Michael was serving in Afghanistan when his father rang him to tell him of the win.

    He told the court the factory shift supervisor promised he "would always be looked after".

    By March 2013, Michael and Mr Beedle were told some of their debts would be paid off "but there would be nothing more".

    This came after Mrs Dawes' 49th birthday party in November 2013, when a drunken row broke out between the father and son.

    The judge ruled that Mr Dawes' previous "largesse" did not give rise to an expectation of further bail-outs.

    Euromillions winner's son loses court battle for money for life - BBC News

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    That must have been one of the less complex decisions Judge Nigel has had to plan.

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    In some ways these big wins seem more of a curse than a blessing.

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    As millions of people try and fail to convince themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    The court heard the former naval officer and his civil partner James Beedle, 34, gave up their jobs and spent nearly 1.6m over two years.
    The poofter bit I could probably live with but it sounds like the father knows his son. The 500,000 house could have been requested?

    But If I was the father I would think it is my money and I will give or not of I wish or not. I would not wish to be told by the courts.

    If he is a nice boy he will get some when his parents die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    But If I was the father I would think it is my money and I will give or not of I wish or not. I would not wish to be told by the courts.
    Of course the money belongs to the father. I find it amazing a court would accept a case like this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    In some ways these big wins seem more of a curse than a blessing.
    I'll thank you to curse me as much as you want, and whenever you want.


    But point taken. I think in NZ if you strike it big the lottery company provides a counselor and financial advisor for you to sit down with and listen to.

    A supermarket worker in a small town won big a few years ago. 23 Million, I think.
    Did the dirty on his flatmates and friends, married a girl he hadn't known prior, bought lots of cars and a farm he couldn't run....
    Today he's a pauper and friendless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    But If I was the father I would think it is my money and I will give or not of I wish or not. I would not wish to be told by the courts.
    Of course the money belongs to the father. I find it amazing a court would accept a case like this!
    Sounds like a whiny little brat. If he'd been smart, he would have patched things up with dad rather than sue, especially since the chance of winning was so doubtful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    In some ways these big wins seem more of a curse than a blessing.
    I'll thank you to curse me as much as you want, and whenever you want.


    But point taken. I think in NZ if you strike it big the lottery company provides a counselor and financial advisor for you to sit down with and listen to.

    A supermarket worker in a small town won big a few years ago. 23 Million, I think.
    Did the dirty on his flatmates and friends, married a girl he hadn't known prior, bought lots of cars and a farm he couldn't run....
    Today he's a pauper and friendless.
    My missus plays the lottery on most months ( a couple of tickets). I dread to think how much grief would come our way if she actually won big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    The court heard the former naval officer and his civil partner James Beedle, 34, gave up their jobs and spent nearly 1.6m over two years.
    classic England

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