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Lottery tracks down record jackpot winner

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07:55 CEST+02:00
Sweden's national lottery operator, Svenska Spel, has managed to track down the lucky winner of a record 214.6 million kronor ($29.5 million) jackpot.

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.

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.

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