Winner of 759 million kroner finds lost Danish lottery ticket in drawer

Denmark’s national lottery operator Danske Spil has, after a three-day search, found the winner of the Eurojackpot draw on Friday, in which a record payout was on offer.

Winner of 759 million kroner finds lost Danish lottery ticket in drawer
A file photo of a Eurojackpot lottery ticket. A record prize will be paid out in Denmark. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The owner of the winning ticket can now look forward to receiving a prize of over 759 million kroner (102 million euros), news wire Ritzau reports.

The holder of the ticket contacted Danske Spil and the company has verified the ticket.

The fortunate lottery winner, who has remained anonymous, is reported to have “scrunched the ticket up” and thrown it in a drawer without checking the numbers against the prizewinning sequence.

That was rectified on Sunday when the jackpot coupon was fished out of its hiding place.

“I was completely surprised and shaking all over my body. But it feels like a fairytale to be so lucky and to be able to secure my family’s future for several generations,” the winner is quoted as saying.

Prior to Friday, the record Eurojackpot win in Denmark was 315 million kroner, which went to a ticket holder in Helsingør in 2015.

Last year saw a similarly high jackpot of 311 million kroner claimed by a person in Roskilde.

Friday’s prize is not only the record jackpot in Denmark, but anywhere in the history of the Europe-wide Eurojackpot lottery.

The European lottery became available in Denmark in 2012 and has since resulted in 187 Danish jackpot millionaires.

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Denmark gives cash to 400,000 households hit by energy costs

A cash payout of 6,000 kroner was sent to around 400,000 households in Dennmark on Wednesday in a measure intended to relieve people struggling with high energy costs.

Denmark gives cash to 400,000 households hit by energy costs

The one-off payouts, which were agreed by parliament in March, were sent on Wednesday to over 400,000 households which meet the criteria set to receive the relief.

“We hope that this outstretched hand of 6,000 kroner will be a helping hand in a difficult time for Danes who are finding it hardest of all due to increasing heating prices,” the minister for climate, energy and critical supplies, Dan Jørgensen, said in a statement.

All residents of Denmark are eligible to receive the payments, provided their household meets the relevant criteria – not just Danish nationals as could be inferred from Jørgensen’s statement.

“It was important for the parties behind this agreement to help in a way that could be felt and in a targeted way. We think this cash will make a difference,” he said.

Households with a collective pre-tax income of under 706,000 kroner are eligible for the one-off cash boosts, which are costing the government 2.4 billion kroner.

Additionally, the household should be primarily heated by individual gas heaters, electronic radiators or be located in a district heating area in which the heating is produced by at least 65 percent gas.

Eligible houses do not have to apply for the cheque and will receive the payment automatically to their designated account (Nemkonto). In households with more than one person, the oldest member of the household receives the payment.

Errors in registration data can result in households which meet the criteria not receiving payments automatically, according to the Danish Energy Agency. People who believe that their household meets the criteria, but have not received the money, will be able to apply for it to be sent to them at a later date. Application will be possible from January 2023. 

Jørgensen said on Wednesday that the government did not expect any further cash payouts to be made to homes heated by gas. Instead, the government’s focus is to move away from dependence on gas as an energy source.

“Before the summer holidays we made a plan that ensures we phase out gas as a heating source, he said.

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