Lottery winner ‘dumped by his partner and cut off from £3,600,000 prize’

The couple hit headlines when they said they were using some of the winnings to set up a ghost-hunting business – run by Laura, top right, at her home office (Pictures: Camelot/SWNS)

Kirk Stevens thought he was set for a very comfortable life when he and his live-in girlfriend scooped £10,000 a month for 30 years on the lottery.

Instead, he’s now reeling after Laura Hoyle, 40, apparently ditched him, moved into a £500,000 new-build house and cut him off from the ‘allowance’ she was giving him from the jackpot – worth a total of £3.6 million.

She’s been able to leave with the cash despite the win coming after Kirk, 39, telling her to pay £25 a week into the lotto for them instead of paying rent while they lived together.

The couple made headlines last March when they won the Lotto’s Set For Life prize, and announced after they posed with a lottery cheque – written out in both their names – they were setting up a ghost-hunting business.

He today told The Sun about nursing heartbreak 18 months after their jackpot jubilation: ‘Laura had told me we’d live the life of Riley if we won. Now she’s gone. She pulled the plug and took everything. She even wants our two dogs.’

The Rolls-Royce engineer Kirk met Laura in 2018 through a friend and they wasted no time, with Laura quickly moving into his £240,000 three-bedroom detached home in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.

Kirk added he didn’t ask for a ‘penny’ in rent when she offered to contribute, and said about the lottery deal he came up with instead: ‘She spent around £25 a week and told me that if we won, we would both live it up.’

Laura continued to play the lottery from her account after she landed a job with delivery firm Hermes – then ignored a message from Lotto bosses telling her she had won as she feared it was only going to be a £5 prize.

When she realised the size of the jackpot, she immediately quit her job and bought a Porsche Cayenne.

Kirk told Laura to put £25 a week into the Lottery instead of paying him rent when she moved into his £240,000 home (Picture: SWNS)
Laura worked on their ghost hunting business while Kirk was out in the day at his Rolls-Royce engineer job in Derby (Picture: Camelot/SWNS)
Kirk bought a ring and had asked Laura to get married (Picture: SWNS)

Kirk, who bought a ring and planned to marry Laura after asking her parents’ permission to pop the question, said they went on to ‘semi-share’ the money and had plans to ‘buy properties together and build an empire’.

Their ghost hunting business got off the ground and Laura would edit videos of searches while Kirk grafted for Rolls-Royce in Derby by day.

Kirk added Laura had promised to change her name by deed poll but she wasn’t interested in marrying again as she had already been there and done it.

But he said he started to feel her drifting away, adding: ‘I felt Laura was reluctant to commit and that the money was part of the problem.’

He added he never felt secure enough to ditch his day job, with Laura only giving him £1,000 a month from the winnings, which she said she considered rent.

Even though the couple put down a deposit on a new-build £500,000 home near Kirk’s, he said he felt she became ‘snobbish and superior’ when she got comfortable with having money. 

In June she broke up with him after they attended a friend’s wedding in Bristol, and when the house they were going to buy together was ready, Laura moved in alone and stopped paying him the £1,000 a month.

Kirk said: ‘She just told me she didn’t want to be with me anymore. Our relationship had gone downhill but I wasn’t expecting the split.’

Camelot says despite Kirk and Laura’s names being jointly emblazoned on a winner’s cheque, it was a fake used for publicity.

It said all Lotto wins are paid to an individual, even in a syndicate, and the winning account used was Laura’s.

Laura declined to comment to The Sun. 

Kirk pleaded: ‘I just want 10%. If she continues to pay me £1,000 a month, I’ll happily walk away. She won’t even notice it.’

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