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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Euromillion lottery winner spends half his £1million jackpot on round-the-world party - but is now worth MORE
Matt Myles with financially savvy mother Vivien
winner who partied away half his £1million prize has made it all back – after his mum read him the riot act.
Matt Myles, 29, spent £500,000 over 18 months in 22 countries, glugging champagne, buying designer clothes and bedding at least 150 women.
It looked like he would blow the lot with his high-roller lifestyle.
Then a stern word from his mum made him realise he was on the road to ruin so he made a series of investments in medical shares, a film and property.
Matt, taking his friends to Ibiza
Matt driving a speedboat on the Thames past the Palace of Westminster
And his portfolio means he’s now worth £1.1 million – £100,000 more than when he hit the
Former soldier Matt, 29, of Hereford, told the
: “I’ve had the time of my life, travelled the world, spent the night with 150 beautiful women, partied at the most amazing places.
"I’ve even been punched in the face by a monkey. So I’ve been living the dream. Most incredibly, I’m still a millionaire.
"But the reality is if I’d carried on spending the way I was, the money would have dried up pretty soon.
Matt takes traditional travel in Thailand
“My mum Vivien stopped me from becoming a lottery loser.
"She made me a cup of tea, sat me down and warned me, ‘If you carry on as you are you are going to blow the lot.’
“Her words shocked me so much, within a year I’ve transformed from having £500,000 left in my account to having £1.1million.”
He added: “I’m determined to enjoy every moment of the money while I’m young but I’ll never spend as much as I did.”
Matt served as a Lance Corporal in the Royal Engineers from 2005 to 2010.
He went on a round-the-world tour after his win in April 2014 with his brother Pete, 28, who has served a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The playboy lifestyle has seen Matt party in Italy, Bali, America, Thailand, Brazil and Dubai.
He said: “I’m faithful when I’m dating but when I’m single I love to play the field. There were a few models and some average girls. Two girls threw themselves at me once.
Matt takes it easy at a hotel in Thailand on the first stage of his global party
Matt prepares to open a bottle of vintage champagne in Bali
“I always practise safe sex, I’m always respectful and we had fun. I think the win gave me new confidence. Most of the girls didn’t know about my win.
“I’m not a shallow person. I’ve served my country for five years in the Army so I know first-hand how life can change in an instant. That’s made me determined to enjoy every opportunity.
“I’m young and I’m single, I’d defy any other red-blooded man not to do the same. I’ve loved every moment.
But Matt admitted: “I’ve always said I want to be in a meaningful relationship at the age of 30. And I do want a family and settle down.”
Matt having a ball and enjoying his world tour
He had a year-long romance with air hostess Tash but that ended two months ago. Matt said: “I’m so lucky to have won the lottery but I’m not as lucky when it comes to love.
"I hoped Tash might be the one but she doesn’t live in the UK. She’s an amazing girl and we tried for a year to sustain a long-distance relationship but it hasn’t worked out.”
Now Matt is planning to fulfil a boyhood dream of becoming a firefighter.
He said: “I joined the Army when the fire service told me I needed some life experience. I’ve certainly lived my life and I’d like to give something back.
“I think people expected me to fall big time off the rails. But while I’ve partied hard, the Army gives you a discipline that never leaves you.
“I do my own cleaning and iron my own clothes. And I’ve never forgotten my roots.”
August 13, 2016
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