Self-Employed Dad Says Whole Family Can Retire After EuroMillions £58m Jackpot Win
The identity of the EuroMillions £58 million ($71 million) jackpot winner has been revealed as dad Ryan Hoyle.
The 38-year-old self-employed joiner - and man who we are all extremely happy for - became £58,366,487 better off after Friday's draw, which puts him at 20th place on the National Lottery millionaires' rich list.
But Ryan, from Rochdale, didn't realise his life had been flipped on its head until the next morning - and even after seeing he had the lucky numbers, it still took a fair amount of time to process.
He said: "I always wake up early and was sat on the edge of my bed but couldn't work out what I was looking at. The email linked to my account which looked like a lot of numbers and I thought it might be millions but I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing.
"I couldn't make sense of it and really needed to talk to someone so I called mum and dad.
"It was 6am so they assumed that I had locked myself out of the flat somehow as it has happened before. I was shaking and really needed a second opinion so I jumped in the van and drove round to mum and dad's house.
"I stuck to the government guidelines and kept a safe distance outside and passed the phone through the window for them to double-check for me. They even checked my numbers against another website, just to be sure. It was real - I had won £58m."
Ryan's vast increase in wealth will of course transform his life, but it will also allow his whole family to take an early retirement.
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He said: "Right now I'm not focused on spending it on myself. I'm going to see the family right as well as my closest friends.
"Mum works at the local school as a cleaner and has been struggling with a sore hip for years, so it would be great to see her take early retirement straight away.
"She was down for a hip replacement but all operations are on hold at the moment due to the coronavirus crisis, so maybe I can help with that too. And this win means my dad can stop working at the factory by the end of the week too.
"It's also been a tough time for one of my brothers who recently suffered a brain haemorrhage. He is a digger driver and was due back at work soon, so I can help him now and it means he's not forced to go back to work.
"Basically mum, dad and my brother can all retire this week."
Of course, the standard procedure when winning the lottery (I imagine) is to go absolutely bats**t bonkers and fly around the world eating lobsters and getting leathered; but these times don't allow for such decadence, and as such, Ryan celebrated with a beer two metres apart from his family.
He said: "We sat apart drinking beer on Saturday afternoon in the sunshine and tried to let the news sink in. I just couldn't be alone but we kept more than two metres apart."
Ryan had been helping to refurbish his brother's house and said he will see out that job despite his big win - although his working days could then be over and done with.
He said: "I'm nearly done so will see the job through. After that, who knows? Not sure I need the work at the moment."
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