Ryanair Passenger Eats Winning €10,000 Lotto Ticket

ryanair-boeing-737.jpg.500x400.jpgNormally when Ryanair is in the news it’s because of something it or CEO Michael O’Leary has said.

This time, however, it’s a passenger.

Courtesy of the Telegraph, an unnamed man traveling from Krakow to East Midlands on 26 February’s FR1724 purchased a scratch-off lotto ticket on his flight (yes, Ryanair sells that). He was quite ecstatic to discover he won €10,000. He was not ecstatic however to find out the flight attendants could not immediately pay him.

The crew told him he would have to wait for the prize until he was on the ground so his identity and the ticket could be verified, but also because “they did not have enough cash on board the plane” (Ryanair may collect many fees, including from passengers using a kiosk to check-in, but apparently not €10,000 worth).

Upset, the man ate his ticket, forfeiting the prize.

How will Ryanair’s PR department spin this?

Spokesman Stephen McNamara said: “Crew tried to stop the air Gourmet Scratch Card eater by offering him one of our great tasting sandwiches, pizzas or snacks instead, but clearly he had much more expensive tastes!”

Ryanair is now conducting a poll on its website to determine which charity the prize money should go to (the scratch card manufacturer has agreed to donate the €10,000). In the process some visitors will undoubtedly book a flight after voting.

And so goes the adage any publicity is good publicity.

Photo: AirSpace user apgphoto

10 Responses to Ryanair Passenger Eats Winning €10,000 Lotto Ticket

  1. Urban 1 March, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    Spin? Look at the options in the poll.

  2. Will Horton 1 March, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    Then you agree it’s clear which winning charity it will be ;)

  3. REY CRUZ 1 March, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Wow wnhat a great publicity stunt!!!!

    Congratulations to your PR company!!

  4. Harry 1 March, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    The guy was drunk.

  5. Will Horton 3 March, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Well, that’s one way to pass a Ryanair flight!

  6. Alberto 9 March, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    I also won a lottery on FR flight but it was only 1€

  7. Will Horton 9 March, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    But did you eat the ticket?

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