AS the Lottery advert famously said, you have to be in it to win it.
And Kirk Stevens thought he was in March last year when his live-in girlfriend won the jackpot in the National Lottery’s Set For Life draw — £10,000 a month for 30 years, worth in total £3.6million.
Having let Laura Hoyle live with him rent-free, Kirk had come up with the idea that, instead, his lover paid £25 a week into the lotto.
And the arrangement paid off big time when they struck gold.
The pair made headlines as they posed with a lottery cheque written out in both their names — and said they were setting up a business together as GHOST HUNTERS.
But 18 months later, Kirk, 39, is reeling after Laura, 40, dumped him, moved into a smart new house and cut him off from the jackpot loot.
He says: “Laura had told me we’d live the life of Riley if we won. Now she’s gone. She pulled the plug and took everything. She even wants our two dogs.”
Engineer Kirk met Laura through a pal in 2018 and she soon moved to his £240,000 three-bedroom detached home in Hucknall, Notts.
He says: “She asked me how much rent I wanted, but as far as I was concerned she was my girlfriend.
“I didn’t expect her to pay rent, I didn’t ask her for a penny.