Man who won €10.8 million: Did the jackpot have to be so large?

Eesti Loto homepage.
Eesti Loto homepage. Source: Eesti Loto

A man from western Estonia recently claimed a Viking Lotto jackpot win of €10.8 million. The lucky winner's first emotion was that the total sum is far too large.

Eesti Loto announced that the man formalized his winnings along with his wife, who is also the only person to know of the win.

Even though he was aware of the jackpot win through media, he realized that the winning ticket was his on Wednesday, when he went on his profile to buy more tickets. He also wanted to check his prior Bingo Loto tickets to check if he had hit any corners.

He could not have imagined a bigger win because until now, luck has not been with the man, even though he plays Viking Lotto, Bingo Loto and Eurojackpot almost every week. His largest previous win was around €70.

The winner's precise total sum is €10,803,379.70, which shatters any Estonian records.

He said: "The first emotion was that the total sum is too large. It could have easily been less."

After he had seen the winning ticket, he told his wife who thought he was joking around: "It hasn't hit us yet."

Even though they have not made any precise plans on what to do with the money, the lucky winner said he will probably not head back to work. Since the family has many children, the winnings will be used to support them. The winner also wants to invest some of the total sum and make larger donations than ever before.

This win marks the biggest lotto score in Estonian history, the largest amount won in Estonia prior to Wednesday was €1 million and the Estonian record was €1.155 million, won in Eurojackpot. Both of these happened in 2016.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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