In a newspaper store in Olmen, Belgium, a big jackpot of 142,897,164 euros fell on Tuesday evening. 165 people bought a lottery ticket at ‘Euromillions’ and shared the prize. This means that they all won almost 870,000 euros. “It’s a surprise for everyone,” said the owner of the newsagent.
“We won with a very large group,” Wim Van Broekhoven, the newsagent’s boss, confirmed to a Belgian radio broadcast. A journalist from HLN who was in the shop yesterday says the newsagent winners were ‘shivering in their legs’ and ‘had tears in their eyes’.
One of the winners wants to make an unrecognizable comment on screen. “I didn’t know what I was talking about,” he says of when he received the good news. “I’m very touched,” he said. The man plays every week, but this is the first time in thirty years that he has also won. He doesn’t yet know exactly what the winner will do with the money. “I think I’m going to please the children and the grandchildren.”
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As with many newsagents, regular customers paid around fifteen euros for a multi-game formula. This allows players to tick more numbers than with any other ticket. Yet such a large jackpot is quite unique, according to National Lottery spokesperson Joke Vermoere. ,,It’s not the first time that De Pershoek has organized this kind of group pots, but it’s the first time that they have won so much,” says Vermoere.
The pot is bigger than the average Euromillions pot, but still not the biggest ever won in Belgium. In October 2016, a Belgian street sweeper won 168,085,323 euros, the biggest Belgian payout ever.
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