Impatient air traveller eats winning £8,930 scratchcard

An airline passenger from Yorkshire ate his £8,930 winning scratchcard after he was told he could not claim the money immediately.

John Lucks, from Beverley, in East Yorkshire, was flying with Ryanair from Krakow in Poland to East Midlands Airport when he won 10,000 euros with the scratchcard.

Crew on board the flight confirmed that he had won the prize but told the passenger he would have to collect the jackpot directly from the company that runs the competition as it was such a large sum and the win needed to be verified.

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Ryanair said Mr Lucks then became frustrated and started to eat his winning ticket, ruling out any chance he had of claiming the prize money which will now be donated to charity.

Stephen McNamara, a spokesman for the airline, said: "Passengers have always been delighted to claim their large cash prizes after returning home.

"Unfortunately our latest winner felt that we should have his 10,000 euros prize kicking around on the aircraft."

The carrier is now asking passengers to vote online to decide where the money should go. Among the beneficiaries it is suggesting is an anger management charity. Voting will take place until Friday at www.ryanair.com.

Mr Lucks was unavailable for comment yesterday.