Michael Carroll, the former binman from Downham who won £9.8 million on the Lottery and lost it all, may be set for another bumper payday – after Hollywood bosses signed him up for a film about his life.
Mr Carroll, 30, tagged in the national press as “the Lotto Lout” after a series of run-ins with the law following his win, hit the jackpot in 2002 but blew it all on drink and drugs.
Moviemakers have now signed a contract with the self-styled King of Chavs and he’s hoping EastEnders hardman Danny Dyer will play him.
Carroll, who is now flat broke, was working in a Scottish slaughterhouse in December when film producer Jonathan Sanford called him out of the blue. He told Carroll his firm Art Linson Productions – which has produced hits including Heat, Pushing Tin and The Assassin – wanted to make a movie about him.
Contracts have now been drawn up and signed with the film company paying $1,000 for the rights to the story.
The contract could net hundreds of thousands more if the film, entitled Be Careful What You Wish For, is finished and on the big screen.
Character names are to be changed to divert attention from Carroll and his family.
Close friend Carl Chapman, 43, said: “There’s a lot more to Michael then people might think.
“The movie offer just came completely out of the blue. He’s overjoyed really, but he wants Danny Dyer to play him.
“He’s really cleaned up and he’s happier than he’s ever been. The money trashed him but he’s living with his daughter now which is what he always wanted.”