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Parents visited Lotto winner days before death

THE parents of a Lotto winner found dead in the Canaries had returned to Ireland just days before their son's death after holidaying with him.

Tenerife-based Dermot Finglas, from Drogheda, Co Louth, who won €350,000 on a €4 Quick Pick ticket, was found dead in "tragic circumstances".

The 39-year-old scooped the windfall in June 2009 after CCTV images of him from a shop where he left his winning ticket behind on the counter were released.

He realised he had won after his father, Dermot Snr, noticed the CCTV images of him in the newspaper.

His cousin, James Finglas, last night paid tribute to him as a "lovely man" and said the family were still in the dark surrounding the exact cause of his death.

His parents have travelled to Tenerife to arrange the repatriation of his body back to Ireland.

Irish Independent