Unable to make his usual lottery ticket purchase at the local store due to the coronavirus quarantine, Ryan Hoyle of Greater Manchester, England decided to grab a few online instead—The decision to try for the online lotto jackpot would prove life-changing for the UK resident.
And after nailing all seven numbers in the EuroMillions drawing held on April 17, the 38-year old joiner won the massive £58,366,487 online lotto jackpot.
Hoyle awoke the next day and checked his online lottery account to learn that he had beaten astronomical odds of 1 in 139,838,160.
In a press release issued by the U.K. national lotto operator Camelot, an ecstatic Hoyle described the moment he became an instant multimillionaire:
“I always wake up early and was sat on the edge of my bed, but couldn’t work out what I was looking at. When I found out I was shaking and really needed a second opinion so I jumped in the van and drove round to mum and dad’s house.”
Celebrating a Life-Changing Win With Family While Social Distancing
A father of an 11-year old daughter himself, Hoyle rushed around the block to give his own parents the great news.
As he revealed to Camelot officials, the email he received listed the exact jackpot amount, a number Hoyle couldn’t quite wrap his mind around in the moment:
“The email linked to my account 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.”
The email linked to my account 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.
Ryan Hoyle, Lottery Winner
According to Hoyle, he and his happy parents still practiced strict social distancing measures even as they celebrated a once in a lifetime score:
“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 £58 million.
Dad congratulated me from inside their house whilst Mum shouted out if she could retire now?! I replied yes!”
Hoyle Becomes UK’s 20th Richest Lottery Winner
In order to win the staggering sums on offer by the EuroMillions lotto – which operates throughout the U.K. and Europe – players must match seven numbers exactly to win the online lotto jackpot.
Hoyle played the main numbers of 16, 28, 32, 37, and 45 from a 1-50 spread, along with “Lucky Star” numbers of 1 and 11 from a 1-12 range.
And by virtue of his £58,366,487 payday, Hoyle soared to 20th place on the National Lottery’s “millionaires rich list” of all-time EuroMillions jackpot winners.
The list is topped by Chris Weir of Largs, who won £161 million nine years ago.
Asked about his plans for the unbelievable windfall, Hoyle told lotto officials that he’ll pay for his parents’ immediate retirement, help his brother renovate his home, and take care of his family and friends:
“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.”
He also wants to take his daughter on her dream trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida when the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns eventually end.
Along with the trip, Hoyle has another gift in store for his daughter:
“If she’s lucky and she behaves well, she might get her iPhone 11.”