Woman wins big in ‘Vikinglotto’

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A woman from Oslo has won an historically high amount of accumulated winnings in the national lottery known as Vikinglotto. She’ll receive a total of NOK 341,285,000, the highest pot ever paid out in Vikinglotto.

No one had won it since June 14, so the pot had simply grown bigger and bigger in the ensuing weeks and months. The winner, who asked to remain anonymous, was the only one who had etched out the six main numbers in the sequence that fell during televised lottery results Wednesday evening: 2, 15, 30, 35, 37, 45.

Nina Rundsveen of Norsk Tipping, which runs the state lottery that mostly raises funds for amateur sports in Norway, got hold of the lucky winner by telephone at around 10pm Wednesday night. “She was very surprised, and then she broke out in laughter and just kept laughing,” Rundsveen told state broadcaster NRK. “She was very, very happy but couldn’t quite believe it was true. The news sank in a bit while we spoke. The only thing she said she knew for sure, was that it would be a fantastic Christmas.”

All lottery winners in Nroway are offered economic counseling. The NOK 341 million was due to be deposited into her bank account within a few days. Winnings are tax-free, but she’ll be liable for fortune tax on the amount and its earnings. “She’ll be having a meeting with our economic advisers, but mentioned that a new car and a new home were on her wish list,” Atle Onsrud Jensen of Norsk Tipping told NRK.

newsinenglish.no staff