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Lottery tracks down record jackpot winner

TT/The Local · 30 Mar 2010, 07:55

Published: 30 Mar 2010 07:55 GMT+02:00

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The winner is a man aged 50-60 who lives in Helsingborg in southern Sweden.

"It is fantastic. And very hard to understand that it has happened," said the man when the lottery operator managed to track him down to announce the win.

Svenska Spel had been calling the man's home telephone number since Saturday but had not been able to get in touch until Monday evening.

"We have just come home from a trip and read in the newspapers that you were looking for the winner. We then went online and checked the numbers, at which point we almost passed out; we lay down on the floor and tried to understand what had happened. Totally unbelievable," the overjoyed but calm winner said.

The Helsingborg man is married and has two grown-up children and has played the Lotto Joker game for the past six years, with the same lines of numbers each time.

The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, confirmed that he and his wife will now take the opportunity to cut down on working hours and apply themselves to something other than their jobs.

He is also planning to buy better tickets for his main leisure time passions - following Rögle's ice-hockey and Helsingborg IF's football matches.

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The 214.6 million kronor win cost the man an investment of 70 kronor and was achieved by getting all seven numbers and two joker numbers right.

Saturday's jackpot was the highest ever in Sweden by quite some margin, beating the previous record of 134.7 million kronor set in May 2008.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:14 March 30, 2010 by Localer
i wonder whether the amount is tax free ?
13:41 March 30, 2010 by Marley420
Tony Soprano is flying in from Italy to collect the tax and of course to offer protection...
14:53 March 30, 2010 by mayank.mail
Even with 50% tax which i am sure the Swedish Govt will take, $15M USD is HUGE!!
18:35 March 30, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
why should he be taxed....? it was a lottery...
18:56 March 30, 2010 by 2394040
The unusual thing about this article is the winner's apparent right to anonymity. Here in the USA (at least in the state I live in), that right does not exist. The winner is "outed" by the state lottery and the media as quickly as possible. If anonymity is an option in Sweden, then the Swede's are doing it right. It can be very dangerous for anyone to win a lot of money with the requirement that every potential psycho in the country is required to know about it. And yes, lotteries here are most definitely taxed. A recent Powerball winner won about 140 million dollars, and his total tax was almost 100 million dollars.
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