From Iceland — Two Lottery Players Split A Record High Jackpot

Two Lottery Players Split A Record High Jackpot

Published December 14, 2013

Christmas has arrived early for at least two people, who split the National Lottery‘s record high jackpot, each getting nearly 70 million ISK.

The jackpot had rolled over for eight weeks, which had never happened before and it had been estimated that the jackpot could reach 125 million ISK.

But Icelanders, probably holding a record of breaking record, of course went and bought lottery tickets like there was no tomorrow.

There was a constant queue at the Happahúsið in Kringlan mall from when it opened at 10 on Saturday morning and till it closed shortly before the lottery draw.

Stefán Konráðsson, manager of Íslensk getspá told RÚV before the draw that he hoped that as many people as possible would win the jackpot, as it was clear by then that the jackpot‘s amount would be closer to 140 million ISK.

It stopped at 139.553.360 ISK.

However, of all the people who tried their luck this week, only two tickets contained the six magical numbers that came up in the lottery draw on Saturday evening, RÚV reports.

The owners have not come forward, they might not even know they‘ve won the lottery yet, but when speaking to RÚV Stefán stressed that the winners would not receive the prize money until 40 days after they‘ve signed all necessary papers and had financial consultation, and warned them of going on a shopping spree for Christmas.

Still, what a nice Christmas bonus!

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