EuroMillions Jackpot Winner Celebrates While Social Distancing

The jackpot winner from Friday’s EuroMillions draw has gone public just days after scooping a £58 million fortune. Ryan Hoyle, a joiner from Manchester in the UK, had to keep his celebrations understated due to social distancing guidelines.

EuroMillions Jackpot Winner Celebrates While Social Distancing

Hoyle matched the numbers 16, 28, 32, 37 and 45, plus Lucky Stars 1 and 11 on Friday 17th April. The UK National Lottery announced over the weekend that it had already received a claim from the winner.

The validation process has now taken place and Hoyle has been revealed as the winner. He normally buys his tickets from a retailer, but has been playing online due to the coronavirus outbreak and discovered he had won when he checked his emails.

He initially thought he had won £2.30 until he read the message. Recalling what happened, he said he felt so shocked that he needed to get the results checked by someone else. In the current situation, that presented its own problems, but he still found a way.

Speaking about the email he received, Hoyle said: “It looked like a lot of numbers... I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing. I was shaking and really needed a second opinion so... drove round to mum and dad's house.

“I kept a safe distance outside and passed the phone through the window for them to double-check for me. It was real - I had won £58 million."

Hoyle then toasted his win with his brothers, having a drink outside in the spring sunshine. He said: “We kept more than two metres apart. I needed to talk to them... and it really helped with the shock.”

Asked about how he would be spending his eight-figure windfall, Hoyle said that he would be buying  a new car, a Manchester United season ticket and taking his daughter to Florida. However, his main focus was on using the money to support his family.

His mother has been struggling with a hip problem for years and would like to quit her job as a school cleaner, while his father works at a factory. Ryan’s brother also recently suffered a brain haemorrhage and had been due to return to his job as a digger driver soon.

“Basically mum, dad and my brother can all retire this week,” said Ryan.

The EuroMillions jackpot rolled over on Tuesday night and will now be worth £22 million for the next draw this Friday. Check out the latest results after every draw.

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