Bumper lottery jackpot goes to coastal town of Kalajoki in Northern Ostrobothnia
The record-breaking lottery jackpot of EUR 7.2 million found a lucky single winner in the coastal town of Kalajoki in Northern Ostrobothnia on Saturday evening.
In honour of the 70th anniversary of the Finnish national lottery and pools organisation Veikkaus, the company added to the standard amount of EUR 1 million some unclaimed winnings worth EUR 6.2 million.
The record-breaking jackpot encouraged the Finns to spend a total of EUR 19.2 million on betting on the special draw.
”It is an all-time high”, confirmed press offcer Henni Heiskanen from Veikkaus.
The previous record was from last year’s Round 44, when Finns spent EUR 18.2 million on betting on the lottery.
Among many other Finns, Helsinki residents Carmen and Markku Villman also tried their luck in last Saturday’s special draw.
The entire family gathered together after sauna to follow the Lotto draw. To the Villmans’ disappointment, they had only two correct numbers.
”Too bad. We will just have to save money in order to get a trip to Brazil”, Markku Villman said after the lottery.
For the record, Saturday's winning numbers in Round 38 were 4, 9, 13, 23, 25, 33, and 35. The bonus numbers were 10, 20, and 32.
To win Lotto, one must get seven numbers correct out of 39 balls that are in the spherical chamber. The extra bonus numbers are used for lower payouts.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Lotto rollover jackpot goes to two winners (2.11.2009)
Finnish lottery operator to return more revenues to Ministry of Education (8.2.2006)
Record lottery jackpot of over EUR 5.6 million to coastal city of Kokkola (8.11.2004)