Just when you think you can’t hear anything more outrageous in the lottery world, something even more outrageous happens. As much as we enjoy reporting on all the happy stories, we feel it is our duty to also inform our players of the nasty ones, too. Coming into a great deal of money is an extreme blessing, and you must be very careful how you handle it. Unfortunately, there will always be winners out there who have problems at home or psychological issues, and the winnings they come into, sadly only exacerbate their problems. This story is about an ex-police officer who scooped the £2.2 million Jackpot with The National Lottery and was soon jailed for throttling his girlfriend. Read further for the full details.
The ex-police officer goes by the name of Tony Stubley. Tony was living in Chatham and working for the Metropolitan Police in London when his ticket managed to match all six numbers on the National Lottery online draw in the month of August 2004. Tony was presented with his grand prize at a lavish ceremony by members of the punk band, “The Stranglers.” Oh, the irony...
Tony, at the time of his lottery win, was celebrating it with his girlfriend. Just eleven years later, Tony Stubley is now serving five years and four months in prison after admitting to the attack on his girlfriend. A court heard the case of how Tony, now aged 50, of Lower Coombe street, Croydon, launched an unprovoked attack on his new partner in September last year just a month after winning his lottery prize.
Tony pleaded guilty to one charge of grievous bodily harm with intent. A court also heard that the couple were at their home when Tony grabbed her and put both hands around her throat. He then choked her until she became unconscious.
After Tony’s girlfriend awoke from the attack and regained consciousness, she had been gagged and had her hands tied behind her back. After the ordeal, Tony Stubley untied her and she was able to call her family who promptly collected her and helped her report the matter to the local police. Tony, at the time of the attack, was aged 39 when he scooped the National Lottery Jackpot.
Tony easily recalls the moment he realized he had won the lottery. He had been waiting for a train home from London to Medway when he read that his numbers had come up in the newspaper. At the time he said, “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the numbers, but had no idea just exactly how much I had won.” Tony immediately called his girlfriend at the time and asked her to check his emails for him.
He added further that, “She wouldn’t tell me how much I had won over the phone, but said that I should come home straight away.”
Tony had been a police officer for 15 years when he claimed his cash winnings and said that he was going to spend them on buying a new house, a Skoda car and also a holiday. At the time of his win, he also said that he wanted to buy his very own wood.
The massive cheque was presented to him by his favourite band, “The Stranglers”, at Eltham Palace and he immediately quit his job, as did his girlfriend.
“He will be in custody for a substantial period of time and we hope that the victim can move on from this violent incident,” said DC Andrew Brown. Six years later, the couple, who are believed to have split up in the year 2011, found themselves back in the news after they spoke out about wanting to go back to work.
After their lengthy breaks, they spoke to a newspaper about how they wanted to return to work as they missed the discipline of holding down a job and having something to wake up for every morning.
DC Andrew Brown, from Croydon’s community safety unit, said that after the case at Croydon Crown Court, “Stubley had been convicted of a violent domestic assault against his partner."
He added further that,“He will be in custody for a substantial period of time and we hope that the victim can move on from this violent incident. We would urge anybody in an abusive relationship to take immediate action. Either call the police or get in touch with the National Domestic Abuse Helpline.”
There are good people in this world, and there are also good people who fall from grace. We cannot say that what Tony did was justified, because we do not know his personal life. However, domestic abuse is never acceptable and you must call the closest person to you as soon as it happens. Some people are just not in the right frame of mind to win huge amounts of cash, however, we know from all the comments left below our articles that all our PlayHugeLottos players deserve to win and would do well with the winnings.
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The PlayHugeLottos Team