EuroMillions winner took own life after £250k scoop and struggle with gambling

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A EuroMillions winner who won £250,000 killed himself after battling gambling addiction and depression, an inquest heard.

Andrew David Nabb, 37, had not been receiving treatment for depression since October 2016 – three months before his lottery win, but called his GP with concerns in November last year.

He had been suffering with speech issues and memory loss following a fall and an MRI scan confirmed these cognitive problems last November, while his mum Susan was at Salford Royal Hospital battling Covid-19, The Sun reports.

Mr Nabb told his brother he would "never see him again" before he was reported missing on January 19 and found dead in a car park, an inquest at The Landmark in Burnley, Lancashire, was told.

Mr Nabb’s friend Nicholas Durrant, who worked with him at a garage in Bury, said he had started work at 8am and there were “no issues”.

The statement read: "Just before lunch, Andrew had been asked to take some tools away and for some unknown reason he broke down and started crying. He walked away, got in his car and drove off."

Mr Durrant and Chris Nabb, one of Andrew's brothers, followed him to his house, where they saw him get into his car with a bottle of orange juice, the inquest heard.

Mr Nabb later sent a text to his brother telling him he was "going up the hill" and that he "won't see him again".

A Greater Manchester Police search was launched before his car was caught on camera entering Rossendale.

Mr Nabb’s mother said her son's battle with depression, diabetes and gambling "seemed to have been going on for some time".

She also said he "could only talk for a couple of seconds before starting to stutter" and "he couldn't hold a conversation" following his fall.

In a statement, she said he contacted his GP surgery on November 13, 2020 and told the receptionist he was feeling depressed.

The statement read: "However, when I called him back the same day he said he was unable to talk.

Support services

If you are impacted by any of the issues raised in this story, you can reach out to these services for support.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

If you are battling drug addiction, you can seek help from your GP.

You can also visit the Frank website to find local drug treatment services or call the Frank drugs helpline on 0300 123 6600.

"He contacted the surgery again on November 17 but then he wanted to discuss his memory problems and investigation results, and did not disclose any issues at that time with regards to his depression."

Susan told the inquest her son rarely opened up to her about his mental health, particularly while she was recovering from Covid.

She said: "After I got out of hospital I was not very well so he kept himself to himself.

"He came and looked after me but he never said anything. When I asked him was he OK, he said 'yeah'.

"A couple of days before he passed he came to ask to lend some money to pay his ex-partner."

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Mr Nabb’s brothers, Chris and Mark, spent two days searching for their missing brother before police found his car in a Waterfoot car park on January 21.

Paramedics rushed to the scene after officers found him inside, but he was pronounced dead.

Susan said his brothers were "devastated" they had not found his car sooner, but added it was "snowing quite heavily at the time" and it was parked in a "secluded area".

Detective Inspector Carol Langhorn, from Lancashire Police, told the court that Mr Nabb had been categorised as a "high risk" missing person because of the text to his brother and confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

A toxicology report found high levels of three drugs in Mr Nabb’s system, which were a mixture of prescription and illegal substances, while DI Langhorn said drug paraphernalia was found in his car.

Coroner Richard Taylor recorded Andrew's death as suicide caused by drug toxicity.

Dad-of-three Mr Nabb won the National Lottery EuroMillions draw in 2017, describing his win as "life changing".

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

  • National Lottery
  • Euromillions
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