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Self-employed dad, 38, scoops EuroMillions £58m jackpot – and his whole family will retire

  • 22 Apr 2020, 16:17
  • Updated : 22 Apr 2020, 17:10
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THE lucky British winner of Friday’s £58million EuroMillions jackpot has been revealed today as a dad-of-one – whose family can now retire.

Self-employed Ryan Hoyle had to drive over to his parents to confirm the big win as he couldn’t believe his luck after looking at the numbers.

The massive prize means the 38-year-old joiner is now £6million richer than Harry Potter actress Emma Watson – and the 20th richest on the National Lottery richlist.

Ryan, from Rochdale, who has an 11-year-old daughter, 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!”


  1. £1.308 billion (Powerball) on January 13 2016 in the US, for which three winning tickets were sold, remains history’s biggest lottery prize
  2. £1.267 billion (Mega Million) a winner from South Carolina took their time to come forward to claim their prize in March 2019 not long before the April deadline
  3. £633.76 million (Powerball draw) from a winner from Wisconsin
  4. £625.76 million (Powerball) Mavis L. Wanczyk of Chicopee, Massachusetts claimed the jackpot in August 2017
  5. £575.53 million (Powerball) A lucky pair of winners scooped the jackpot in Iowa and New York in October 2018

As a self-employed joiner of 15 years, Ryan’s been working on his brother’s house in his spare time, and plans to finish the job.

He added: “I’m nearly done so will see the job through. After that, who knows? Not sure I need the work at the moment!

“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.”

Ryan usually takes his daughter to Spain each year, but when the travel restrictions are lifted he plans to take her waterparks in Florida and Disneyland.

Friday night’s National Lottery EuroMillions winning numbers were 16, 28, 32, 37 and 45 – while the Lucky Stars are 1 and 11.

Record winners from the UK include Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in North Ayrshire, Scotland, who won £161million in 2011.

And last week it was revealed last month’s winner was also a Brit from South Ayrshire, Scotland.

Other previous big wins include the £161million landed in 2011 by Colin Weir and wife Chris from Largs in North Ayrshire.

Patrick and Frances Connolly, from Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, won £114.9million on New Year’s Day last year.

And Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148million in 2012.

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Biggest Lottery Winners in the UK

The biggest lottery prize ever won in the UK was the ВЈ170.2 million EuroMillions jackpot that was put up for grabs on Tuesday 8th October 2019. This came after the jackpot reached €190 million – which was the jackpot cap at the time. This big win eclipsed the previous UK record, which was set back in July 2011 when Colin and Chris Weir won ВЈ161.6 million.

Below are lists of other players who have received huge amounts after buying lucky tickets:


  • David and Carol Martin from Hawick in the Scottish Borders split a ВЈ66 million jackpot with another anonymous ticket holder in January 2016. Each winning ticket was worth ВЈ33 million.
  • Gerry and Lisa Cannings from Peterborough were the sole winners of a ВЈ32.5 million jackpot just a month later in February 2016.
  • In June 1995, a single ticket scooped a ВЈ22.5 million jackpot. Business partners Mark Gardiner and Paul Maddison split the prize between them.
  • In July 2014, Iris Jeffrey from Belfast was the only winner of a ВЈ20 million Lotto jackpot.
  • In 1996, a ВЈ42 million Lotto jackpot – the biggest ever seen at the time – was split between three ticket holders, who each walked away with ВЈ14 million.

There is currently no Lotto jackpot cap in place. Instead, the jackpot can only roll over a maximum of five times before a ‘Must Be Won’ draw is held, in which the prize money is guaranteed to be given away. The jackpot was previously capped at ВЈ22 million, revised down from an initial ВЈ50 million cap. Prior to that, the jackpot was limited to four rollovers before it had to be won.


Here are the top 10 winners in the game’s history, as well as details on where they were from and whether they remained anonymous.

Date Draw Number Amount Won Details
8th October 2019 1257 £170,221,000 One UK player matched the full winning line in a Must Be Won draw, which was held after the jackpot stayed at its €190 million cap for the maximum five draws. The winner chose to stay anonymous.
12th July 2011 397 £161,653,000 Colin and Chris Weir of Ayrshire hold the record for the biggest ever UK lottery win.
10th August 2012 510 £148,656,000 Adrian and Gillian Bayford won €190 million in a EuroMillions draw in August 2012, but due to the exchange rates at the time, they ended up with over ВЈ10 million less than the Weirs.
11th June 2019 1223 £123,458,008 An anonymous player jumped to third on the UK lottery rich list after winning a Superdraw jackpot that rolled over to the subsequent draw.
24th April 2018 1105 £121,328,187 An anonymous ticket holder won this nine-figure sum after a Superdraw jackpot rolled over to the following draw.
1st January 2019 1177 £114,969,775 Frances and Patrick Connolly from Moira in Northern Ireland purchased a single Lucky Dip online.
8th October 2010 348 £113,019,926 An anonymous ticket holder won what was at the time the biggest lottery prize ever to be claimed in the UK.
14th March 2014 676 £107,932,603 A Lucky Dip ticket purchased in Surrey proved extra-lucky for Coulsdon’s Neil Trotter.
19th November 2019 1269 £105,100,701 This jackpot came on the 25th anniversary of the National Lottery’s first draw. Steve and Lenka Thomson were revealed as the winners of this, the ninth-biggest jackpot in UK history.
7th October 2011 422 £101,203,600 This nine-figure jackpot was claimed by factory supervisor Dave Dawes and his wife Angela, a taxi driver. The couple were from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.


Many huge EuroMillions prizes have also been awarded to lottery syndicates in the UK. These players teamed up to win big:

  • A group of seven office workers in Merseyside got lucky on Friday 6th November 2009 when they split a jackpot of £91.1 million with another British player. The syndicate, who dubbed themselves ‘The Magnificent Seven’, took home a total of £45.5 million, with each member of the group receiving £6.5 million.
  • In March 2012, 12 bus drivers from Corby, Northamptonshire scooped a colossal £38 million on EuroMillions. Each sped away with a sensational £3.1 million.
  • A group of ten office workers in Kirkby, Merseyside picked up an incredible £28.8 million on Tuesday 9th July 2013. Each member became £2.8 million richer in the blink of an eye!

Biggest Win in 2019

An incredible 2019 for UK players was capped with the country’s biggest ever win on 8th October, when a single ticket holder scooped £170 million. The player staked their claim within 48 hours and the National Lottery later revealed they had decided to remain anonymous. Another UK participant had won £123 million in June, after the year started with Frances and Patrick Connolly’s £114 million win.


One of the first decisions that you would face after winning a large lottery prize is whether to go public with the win. Although many winners in the past have announced their success publicly, you are under no obligation to do so. It has no effect on the prize money awarded, and the National Lottery is committed to offering the same level of support regardless of whether you decide to go public or not.

There are pros and cons each way. The media scrutiny and unwanted attention from strangers could add extra pressure if you go public, but you would also have the chance to celebrate your win without worrying about keeping it secret. Learn more on our Lottery Publicity page.

One of the perks of playing lotteries in the UK is that winnings are not subject to Capital Gains Tax or Income Tax, regardless of how much money you win. However, once you’ve deposited the winnings in your bank account, any money earned through interest is subject to Income Tax.

Upon winning a lottery jackpot, you might also want to share your fortune with friends and family, through gifts of cash or assets such as cars and houses. If you were to die within seven years of handing out gifts in excess of ВЈ325,000, they would be subject to an Inheritance Tax bill of up to 40%.

Inheritance Tax is charged on a sliding scale, and any gifts you give in the three years before you die will be subject to a 40% tax, which reduces to 8% for gifts handed out between 6 and 7 years before your death. See the table below for a full breakdown of the Inheritance Tax brackets, but remember, this only applies if you gift in excess of ВЈ325,000.

Years between gift and death Tax paid
Less than 3 40%
3 to 4 32%
4 to 5 24%
5 to 6 16%
6 to 7 8%
More than 7 0%

You can give away £3,000 worth of gifts every year without them becoming subject to Inheritance Tax – this is your ‘annual exemption’ – and you can even carry this exemption over for one year (but no more) to gift up to £6,000 without it becoming part of your estate. Inheritance Tax does not apply to gifts shared between spouses or civil partners, meaning you could give your entire estate to your spouse without it being subject to Inheritance Tax. Some small gifts, such as Christmas and birthday presents, or those that you can afford out of your normal income, are also exempt.

To avoid complications in the event of your death, it is a good idea to keep detailed records of any gifts you give to friends and family, so that they don’t unduly receive a hefty Inheritance Tax bill.

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