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Lotto winner Michael Carroll wants dustbin job back

Michael Carroll says the 9.7m he won on the lottery eight years ago has gone

A notorious National Lottery millionaire from Norfolk says he wants to work as a dustman again after losing his fortune.

Michael Carroll, of Downham Market, was 19 when he won £9.7m in November 2002.

Mr Carroll, dubbed the "Lotto lout" by the tabloids because of his life of petty crime, collected his jackpot still wearing an electronic tag.

Veolia Environmental Services, which runs the bin service, said: "We are not recruiting for operatives in the area."

Life and times of Michael Carroll
November 2002: Mr Carroll wins £9.7m jackpot while under electronic tagging order for being drunk and disorderly
December 2002: He is fined £1,300 for dodging two £5 train fares
June 2003: Fined £12,000 for claiming nearly £330 in Jobseeker's Allowance while working as a dustman
July 2004: Jailed for five months for breaching a court order
February 2006: Sentenced to nine months in prison after pleading guilty to affray
January 2007: Given a two-year supervised community order for abusing train travellers

Mr Carroll's house in Swaffham was recently put up for sale.

He said: "I need some money don't I? I can't keep on going on as I have been.

"It will get me back into reality instead of the rollercoaster I've been on for the last eight years."

He said he preferred working outside, but added he was now more unfit than he had been when he gave up the job in 2002.

When father-of-two Mr Carroll was jailed for affray in 2006, Norwich Crown court heard he had 42 previous offences recorded since 1997.

Just before he was jailed he admitted in an interview with BBC Look East that he had spent £1.2m of his lottery fortune on cocaine but added that he had stopped taking drugs.

Asked if he regretted what he had done since winning the jackpot, Mr Carroll said: "When you give nine million pounds to a 19-year-old what do you think is going to happen?"

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