Lotto millionaire found dead
Published 07/01/2010 | 10:32
Police are investigating the death of one of Britain's youngest lottery jackpot winners.
Stuart Donnelly was found dead at his home in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, on Wednesday morning.
The 29-year-old won almost £2 million when he hit the jackpot in November 1997 aged 17. He was one of 13 people to share the £25 million jackpot.
The former trainee pharmacist from Neilston in Renfrewshire spent his winnings on a new home for his parents, an executive seat at Celtic Park and a new house for himself in secluded Buittle Bridge, in Castle Douglas.
He also gave £15,000 to Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow, where his younger brother was treated for a genetic disorder.
But in a 2003 interview, he told of the strain of winning the lottery at such a young age.
He said: "It was very hard to deal with all the attention I got. I even had people camping outside my house. It put a huge strain on me and my family."
On his page on social networking site Bebo, Mr Donnelly admitted that he was scared of socialising and listed his activities as: "Sleeping, watching TV, listening to music, surfing the net. Basically, anything that involves not leaving the house."
A message left on the page on Thursday read: "Can't believe you're gone. I'm gonna miss you a hell of a lot. R.I.P"
A Dumfries and Galloway police spokesman said there were no suspicious circumstances behind the death and that a post mortem was being arranged.