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06th Jul 2024

Irish Lotto winner dies in road crash in Turkey while holidaying

Stephen Porzio

He won the Lotto jackpot over 25 years ago.

An Irish man who won the Lotto over 25 years ago has died while holidaying abroad.

According to multiple outlets, Michael Kelly – who was in 60s and was from Birr in Offaly – died in a road crash on Thursday (4 July) in Turkey, where it is understood he owns a villa.

It is said that he was in the country with his wife Ann and one of their five children.

In 1997, Michael and Ann won £4.1 million in the Lotto jackpot.

Mr. Kelly’s page reads: “The death has occurred of Michael ‘Mouse’ Kelly [of] Ballaghanoher, Banagher Road, Birr, Co. Offaly on July 4th 2024 (tragically) whilst holidaying in Turkey.

“Funeral arrangements to follow.”

Many have taken to the page to pay tribute to Mr. Kelly and provide messages of condolences to his family.

“So sad to hear of Mouse’s unexpected passing. A true character of Birr. Always pleasant and great company,” one person wrote.

“Our sympathy to you Ann and family. May Michael rest in eternal peace.”

Another said: “May Mick keep his smile to light up the darkness in life. Will miss that so much. Thinking of Ann and family at this horrible time. RIP Mick.”

A third wrote: “Very sorry to hear of Mouse’s passing. I would like to offer my heartfelt and sincere condolences to Ann and the Kelly family on your tragic loss.

“Mouse was a good man and his wit and humour will be missed. God rest him.”

In a statement to JOE about the death, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it is “aware of the case and is providing consular assistance”.

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