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Irish airline Ryanair has revealed that 50 people have contacted them and claimed to have been the man who ate a $13,500 scratchcard while flying from Poland to the UK.

Ryanair has claimed that a man ate a scratchcard worth $13,500 because he could not claim his prize on the flight.

 “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 prize kicking around on the aircraft,” said spokesman Stephen McNamara.

Ryanair said that 40 of the 50 bogus claimants were not even on the flight from Krakow to the East Midlands.

The prize money has since been donated to charity.