A man who scooped EUR 10 million playing the lottery has dumped his girlfriend, it has emerged.
Kursat ‘Chico’ Yildirim, 42 – from Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany – splashed out on a brand-new Ferrari after he won the prize in September.
Now it has emerged that Chico – who told German media he is looking for a wife – has dumped his girlfriend.
The shocked beauty – who has not been named but who is reportedly 50 years old – told local media: “It’s unbelievable how money has changed him.”
She said that the pair had been getting closer since May, seeing each other every day and getting to know each other’s families.
She said: “Chico just called me ‘my darling’. We always held hands.”
And after he won the massive jackpot, she said: “He called me and screamed: ‘Honey, I’m rich, I’ll buy you everything!’.”
But then the next time they saw each other she said that he coolly told her he wanted to take a break.
She added: “Later he said he never loved me, but wanted to pay me money so I would keep being his girlfriend.”
The heartbroken woman is reportedly horrified and never wants to see him again.
Charmer Chico, meanwhile, told German media: “She’s a special woman to me, she’s really always been there for me.
“But I fell in love with her humanity and warmth, not with her as a woman, I told her so openly.”
But his ex does not see things the same way, saying: “Of course we were a real couple, shame that he denies me like that.”
Chico, reportedly a former drug addict and convicted robber, splashed out on a GBP 392,000 Ferrari for his birthday after hitting the lottery jackpot.
He also quit his job as a crane operator at a steel plant.
The son of hard-working Turkish migrant parents, he opened up on how he plans to celebrate his special day and previously told local media: “Finally I can pick up my brand new Ferrari. Then I’ll invite my best friends to our favourite steak restaurant.
“And it seems as if I’m about to become the new owner of a fantastic penthouse on the hills of Istanbul. For me, this would be a dream come true.”
The car – a V8 Ferrari 448 Pista – has a top speed of 211MPH and can hit 60mph from standstill in just 2.85 seconds.
Kursat said that on his birthday, he’d start the day with his parents and his brothers for coffee and cake at their local cafe, which he bought after his EUR 9.9 million (GBP 8.7 million) win.
The fanatical supporter of football club Besiktas Istanbul – who now reportedly has to deal with requests for autographs and selfies as he walks the roads of Dortmund – claimed: “Many members of our local Turkish community now consider me a hero.”
Reflecting on his past, Kursat admitted: “I’ve done a lot of bad things. I’ve been at the very bottom. Today I’m so sorry about all of that.”
Kursat has been convicted of fraud and robbery. He robbed several amusement arcades to feed his gambling and drug addiction, according to local media.
He was given a 27-month jail term in February of last year but was released early due to good conduct and his willingness to undergo therapy.
Kursat now said: “I’ve always been the misfit of my family. So many people have written me off. They said I’m done.
“I kept praying to God for another chance because I was desperate to leave my old life behind.”
Kursat has also been outspoken regarding his determination to find what money cannot buy.
He told local media: “Please point out in your story that I’m still single. She may be blonde or brunette, I don’t care. But I prefer the natural type.
“Anyone with botox lips, hair extensions and long fingernails won’t stand a chance.”
The weightlifting enthusiast revealed he has been flooded with messages from women since he spread the news of his lottery windfall on Facebook and Instagram.
He underlined: “I really want to fall in love. I’m looking for a woman who loves to travel and is ready to start a family with me. I need a woman I can trust no matter what happens.”
As well as the Ferrari 448 Pista, Kursat bought a luxury watch and a Porsche Turbo S Cabriolet for GBP 218,000 after being informed about his lottery win on 24th September.
Kursat vehemently rejected concerns all of the money would be gone shortly due to his lavish new lifestyle.
Kursat said: “I can look after myself very well. I’ve taken precautions. The money is in safe hands.”
Kursat also revealed he was continuing to play the lottery despite his jackpot win. The 42-year-old – who came to North-Rhine Westphalia at the age of 12 – explained: “It’s an old habit. I just can’t change it. I’ve been playing the lottery for 15 years.”
Speaking about his future plans, the multimillionaire said: “The great thing about it is that you can make so many people happy. I immediately transferred money to my parents and my brothers.
“I’d love to go to Africa to dig wells and give presents to the children there.
Asked about his fancy cars, Kursat said: “I just got them for the haters. For all the envious people.”
Speaking about his experiences of the past weeks, Kursat said: “Suddenly everyone’s your friend. People that I haven’t heard from for ages are calling up to ask for money straightaway.”
Asked whether he already regrets revealing his big win by posting it all on social media, Kursat explained: “Everyone should know! Ninety per cent are jealous and think I don’t deserve this.
“But I don’t care. Believe me, I’ll never forget where I’m coming from. I’m working class, I’ll never become an arrogant person.”