Inside the tragic life of EuroMillions winner who lost it all – split from his wife, crashed his Ferrari & sold his home | The Sun

THIS is the inside story of a EuroMillions winner who scooped £6.5 million – but then split from his wife, crashed his Ferrari and sold his home.

Ryan Magee, now 42, had a dream in which he won a Lotto jackpot in 2008 – so bought 11 tickets in four towns before the draw.

The computer whiz was so sure he even told his son Lee that a sleek sports car would be his by the weekend.

He then became one of six UK winners of £6.5 million after no one person scooped the £96 million jackpot.

The next day he raced out to a dealer, swapped his Peugeot 206 and handed over £150,000 for a new Ferrari Spider.

He said: "I had this feeling I would win all week. Margaret went mad, saying I'd wasted money on the tickets. She's not mad at me now.

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"Margaret told me to catch myself on. But I even showed Lee a computer image of a Ferrari car and told him that I was going to buy one of them soon."

Ryan also bought a luxury house equipped with a champagne bar.

It was a life changing year for Ryan and his young wife Margaret, a student nurse who was expecting their first child at the time.

But then the millionaire started to fall on hard times.

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Three years later, he was fined £250 for chatting on his mobile while driving the luxury motor.

Ryan then had a close shave in the same year when he slid the posh vehicle off iced-up tarmac and into a field in Eglinton, Co Derry.

In 2013 his business, Magee Fuels, ceased trading and later that year he split from wife Margaret.

He also bagged himself 200 hours of community service and was banned from driving for five years in 2015.

Ryan pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and having no insurance at Derry Magistrates' Court.

He was stopped in December in a Ford Focus on the Foyle Bridge having already been banned for 18 months in August 2014.

The family's dream home, with five bedrooms, three reception rooms and a swimming pool, went up for auction and was the final nail in the coffin.

It comes after the youngest EuroMillions winner Matthew Topham was forced to shut down the zoo he bought amid apparent financial strain. 

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