According to the Daily Mirror, Hoare bought his ticket while on weekend leave at a bail hostel. The outrage surrounding Hoare’s win seems based largely on old-fashioned envy rather than wider ethical questions.
In the US, apparently, you do things a little differently. Thomas Bisso, who won approximately $2 million on the Missouri State Lottery in 1989, was forced to pay the entire amount to a six-year-old girl he molested. The girl’s mother had learnt about Bisso’s win and sued for compensation in 1999, six years after he was convicted. Bisso had been receiving his win in annual yearly payments sent to his family.
British Government minister responsible for the lottery, Tessa Jowell, has said she may well intervene, and London solicitor Nigel Adams says the US case of Bisso could be a precedent followed here in the UK.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Grubb (now retired) who first arrested Hoare for sex offences when Hoare was just 14, says, “I can’t think of a less deserving person to win £7 million.” But there you go, inspector, that’s fate. That’s the kind of sick joke played by life that makes life so much damned fun.