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5 Years After Winning $61 Million, Their Mansion Was Infested With Gangs, Addicts and Rats

What would you do if you won the lottery? Buying a new home, car and taking a trip often surfaces as some of the most popular choices among Americans.

While we may find ourselves daydreaming about seeing dollar signs in our bank account, very rarely do we find ourselves fall into fortune. When someone does, it's always interesting to see what they decide to do with the money we have been planning on spending.  

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Jackpot winners Matt and Cassey Topham had a stroke of luck in 2012 when they won the $61 million (£45 million) prize. They spent $1.6 million  (£1.2 million) of their winnings on a luxury seven-bedroom mansion.

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The 23-year-old couple however, has not moved into to this massive home. They reportedly had $6.7 million ( £5 million) in plans to redevelop the property called "Serenity" and include a 10-car garage shielded by a waterfall, eight bedrooms with four "hubs" covered with solar panels.

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It appears however these plans have been shelved.

The couple were very generous to their family and friends after their lottery winnings, by buying a house for a close friend and taking holidays to Spain and New York. Soon after winning their jackpot the couple made plans to marry.

They officially tied the knot in September 2012 and welcomed their first child two years later.

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While this all seems like bliss, the mansion they purchased is far from it.

Trespassers have been said to routinely visit the home and have attracted police attention at least a dozen times.

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The garden now resembles a jungle, graffiti litters the walls and the 1930s home previously known as "Rainbow House" has been deemed an eyesore to the neighborhood.

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Toilets have been reported smashed with the exposed drains attracting rats and other vermin.

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“The Tophams have shedloads of money and should be spending some to end this farce — or at least on security," one neighbor said.

"The house became known as the “Scariest place in Nottingham to have your photo taken” on a Snapchat group — which only attracted more youths."

The couple now have been faced with the decision to destroy the property entirely. Their plans are currently before local council for approval.

This home is neighbor to Wollaton Hall, which was used as Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.

What would you do with a mansion like this?

Source: Mirror