EuroMillions lottery winner Ryan Magee from Eglinton, Derry in Ireland, could be going to jail if he fails to comply with a 200 hour community service sentence given for driving without insurance while disqualified.
Just like Barry Howie, Ryan became rich playing EuroMillions winning £6.4m seven years ago. He soon started spending his lottery winnings and whereas some winners go out and buy a new Corvette either for themselves or for their wife, he splashed out £170,000 on a red Ferrari just a day after becoming a lottery millionaire.
The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to driving his Ford Focus along the city’s Foyle Bridge last year, while disqualified and without insurance. The prosecuting solicitor said that police knew the EuroMillions winner had been disqualified from driving for eighteen months in August 2014. When he was stopped by the police and accused of driving while disqualified, Magee simply replied: “Yep, that’s right.”
It was seven years ago that Magee saw his life change when, just like the syndicate from Cork we recently reported on, he became a millionaire thanks to EuroMillions. He purchased 11 lottery tickets in 11 different outlets in February 2008 to win his EuroMillions prize.
As well as buying his Ferrari, Ryan did just what other lottery winners such as Mary Ann Daino and Dennis Klaus did, and went out and purchased a new home, except this one had a champagne bar. His dream home is currently up for auction.
Magee’s legally aided barrister Eoghan Devlin said his client, who has a total of 17 previous convictions, had suffered many misfortunes in recent years and been traumatised by them and had shown a degree of foolishness.
He’s the latest lottery winner to face court action after we reported on the problems Jeff Fallang is having in Montana. District Judge Peter King described the EuroMillions winner as “a menace not only to yourself but also to other road users”. He fined Magee £250 and gave him 200 hours of community service which if he doesn’t carry out will be replaced by six month jail sentence.
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