Lottery tragedy as one of UKs youngest ever teenage winners dies at just 23

Teen lottery winner Callum Fitzpatrick who won £390,000 aged just 16 has died suddenly, it has been announced.

Callum scooped the big win in 2014, becoming one of the youngest National Lottery winners in the UK.

Before he won, he worked at his parents Colin and Sheila Fitzpatrick's shop, Metro reports.

He was babysitting for his aunt when he learned the news of his lotto win.

A spokesperson from the Ballymartin GAC football team, which Callum, now 23, played for, took to social media to announce the sad news.

They wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday: "The Executive Committee, members, and the Ballymartin Senior men’s team are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic sudden passing of our friend and teammate Callum Fitzpatrick.

"The entire community of Ballymartin and surrounding area of Mourne is heartbroken.

"We offer our sincere condolences to his father Colin, mother Sheila, sisters Tierna, Corragh and Meagh and wider family circle, a lot of whom are deeply rooted in our club at all levels.

"As a mark of respect there will be no onfield activity at the club grounds until further notice.

"Callum will be sorely missed by everyone involved with Ballymartin GAC. A wonderful, intelligent young man, a great friend and teammate, tragically has left this life too soon."

Mr Fitzpatrick’s funeral was held in Massforth, Kilkeel, Co Down, on Friday.

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A monumental lottery win may originally feel like the beginning of a new era for the winner, with properties and cars that once seemed beyond their wildest dreams now available at a few clicks of a button – but the newfound riches can actually spark the beginning of a dark chapter.

A famous example of the 'lottery curse' is Callie Rogers, who won £1.8 million on the National Lottery in 2003, also aged just 16.

She has previously told ITV show This Morning of her battles with depression and suicide attempts.

18 years on from her lottery win, Callie has stated how much happier she is as working mum-of-three.

She said: "Not knowing who liked me for me, and having all the stress of all the money, I just wanted to go back to having a normal life. I still struggle with trust issues."

Callie's life was rocked by fresh misery in 2019 when she was attacked on her way home from a night out.

She suffered two swollen black eyes, a 'burst' nose, swollen lips, blurred vision, two cracked ribs, and breathing difficulties as a result of the unprovoked attack.

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