Apr 23, 2020, 8:42 am
A United Kingdom man who won a £58 million (US$71.6 million) lottery jackpot celebrated by having a beer with his brothers — at a 6-foot distance.
Ryan Hoyle, 38, said he was "shaking" when he got an email informing him he had become a multi-millionaire in Friday's EuroMillions draw.
The numbers drawn in the Friday, April 17, EuroMillions drawing were 16, 28, 32, 37, and 45, with Lucky Stars numbers 1 and 11.
Hoyle drove to his parents' house, passing his phone through the window for them to "double-check" his numbers.
After confirming the eight-figure bonanza, he enjoyed a drink in the sunshine with his siblings.
Hoyle, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, said he first thought he had won £2.30 when he saw an email from the National Lottery on Saturday.
'It was real'
When he read the message, he said it "looked like a lot of numbers... I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing".
He said he 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 celebrated while socially distancing with his brothers.
"We kept more than two metres apart. I needed to talk to them... and it really helped with the shock," he said.
Hoyle, who works as a joiner, said he will finish off renovations on his brother's house despite the windfall.
He plans to buy himself a new car, swap his rented one-bedroom flat for a new home, treat himself to a Manchester United season ticket and take his daughter, aged 11, to Florida.
But he said his priority was to help his mother, father and brother "retire this week".
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