Tony George became obsessed with winning a fortune after a syndicate of workers in Camden LBC's Homeless Persons' Unit won£300,000 each. Mr George was one of four members of the unit not in the syndicate.
In a bid to match their good fortune Mr George turned to casinos, horse racing and scratch cards but ran up massive bills.
Camden sacked him last week after discovering he had ordered£3,000 of computer equipment which he kept.
Mr George turned himself in to the police before the council could report him. He was immediately suspended, then sacked for gross misconduct after a disciplinary hearing.