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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Cougars, champagne and celebrities: Young lottery winner is living the dream

Freya Drohan

Published 22/06/2014 | 11:11

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Like most 27 year olds, Matt Myles was working around the clock and worried about his finances when he bought a lotto ticket on April 18th.

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Unlike most people, Matt Myles matched three letters on the millionaire’s raffle and his life was irrevocably changed.

With a cool £1 million (€1.25 million) about to land in his bank account, the factory worker didn’t hesitate in packing it all in and kickstarting his new life:

“I won on Tuesday, found out Wednesday, my win was validated on Thursday and on Friday morning I was on a flight to Bali,” Matt told the Sunday Mirror.

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In the ten weeks since his win, the ex-soldier has embarked on a whirlwind tour of the globe, reaping the benefits of his new millionaire status:

“I cant stop laughing about how much my life has changed. From travelling the world to meeting celebrities I couldn’t have made this up in my wildest dreams.”

The Hereford native reveals what we always suspected; “They say money can’t buy happiness but I have never been happier”.

Travelling the world with his younger brother Pete and best friend Joe Williams, the bachelor has been propositioned by women all over the world, including ladies of a certain vintage:

“There were even a couple of cougars who were interested in having fun. I said thank you very much but I’m going to have to let you down as you're the same age as my mum”.

Wise to the gold diggers, he has turned down many women but insists he is a “red blooded male” and has had his fun.

“I sometimes wish it was the 1950s when women were a bit more demure, because you wouldn’t believe the stuff they say now,” he admitted.

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The young man’s first buy as a millionaire was a pair of Rayban sunglasses, but he is adamant he will not blow his entire winnings.

Matt has set a limit of £100,000 pounds which will allow him to complete the rest of his bucket list before ringing in New Years Eve on Sydney Harbour Bridge.

He also has plans to make it to Vegas to party with notorious US professional poker player Dan Bilzerian, and will spend two weeks in Ibiza with childhood friends.

“It’s brilliant being able to let friends enjoy my good fortune as well. But one of the things I’m most excited about is making my parents life easier. They’ve worked hard all their lives and it’s nice to be able to treat them”.

The savvy spender has invested half the jackpot, will launch a property developing company with Pete and a friend, complete his flying license, and volunteer for three months with UNICEF in Africa.

 

Irish Independent

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