Money fails: Man feels ‘miserable’ 6 years after winning £148m jackpot
EuroMillions winner Adrian Bayford is selling his magnificent Georgian mansion and country estate to move to Australia because his jackpot win has left him miserable.
Former postman Adrian, 48, who scooped a jackpot of £148m in 2012 has instructed estate agents to market his house and 189 acres of parkland, fields and woods in Suffolk.
The lottery winner has also sold all his animals and is closing his two beloved record stores.
He has already sold off parts of his 38-house property empire. All his houses are in Haverhill, Suffolk.
His friends now claim that his fortune has left him feeling increasingly isolated and he no longer feels comfortable even going out for a beer.
Villagers in Suffolk, on the other hand, believe that Adrian is getting fed up with all the hard work needed to maintain his Grade Two listed seven bedroom mansion and all his land.
The news comes as his ex-wife Gillian has put her spectacular £735,000 waterfront home overlooking the River Tay, near Dundee, Scotland, on the market.
According to the UK Sun, Adrian feels that ‘everyone wants a piece of him’ locally.
The father-of-two’s love life has also suffered and he has been divorced by his wife and dumped three times since his jackpot win.
He now believes that a fresh start in Australia is best for him.
A friend said: ‘Basically Adrian has had enough and he has the money to change his life – so he is. He woke up and found himself in this life that he didn’t want.
‘Adrian was never about Range Rovers, horses, sheep, chickens and paddocks and stables. He’s a rocker for goodness sake. He’s probably more interested in biting the heads of chickens rather than feeding them.
‘Then when his ex-wife remarried earlier this year I think he realised he needed to do something.’
The friend added that Adrian will now focus on spending time with his two children.
They also said that Adrian wants to settle down and has been hurt by his bad relationships.
However, the friend admitted that those close to him are worried about Adrian’s fresh start and are concerned by ‘how far he’s taking it’.
The friend claimed that Adrian has even been ignoring his oldest friends and hasn’t told them where exactly he will be moving to.
Adrian’s estate includes a farmhouse, four cottages and a three bedroom staff annexe, as well as stables and paddocks for horses and livestock.
Larger than life Bayford paid around £6.5million for his rambling country home and his land shortly after his big win in 2012.
He was still with Gillian when he moved to the house, just seven miles from their former three bedroom home in a cul-de-sac in Haverhill, Suffolk.
It was reported at the time that Adrian may have delivered letters to the mansion when he worked as a postman before setting up his own business selling second hand records and CDs.
But he and Gillian, a former care assistant, split up 15 months after their big win and later divorced, citing the stress of dealing with their massive windfall.
He remained in the house which dates back to 1815 and stamped his fun-loving personality on the property, installing statues of knights in shining armour in the grounds. DAILYMAIonline