A man in his 60s from Troms County in northern Norway was planning a family trip to the Canary Islands on Thursday after winning a record NOK 216 million (USD 37 million) in the national lottery known as Vikinglotto. It will be the largest amount every paid out by the betting organization that helps finance Norwegian sports, Norsk Tipping.
The winner and his wife, who weren’t immediately identified, will see a total of NOK 216,125,520 roll into their bank account. They had just decided against inviting their family on a trip to warmer climes because they thought it was too expensive. After winning, they quickly changed their minds and were booking a trip to Gran Canaria.
His wife had followed the nationally televised lottery draw on Wednesday evening while he went out for a walk. Ingrid Roterud Mathisen, communications director for Norsk Tipping, said that when lottery officials called to formally inform them of their winning number, he and his wife had already realized they’d won and were ecstatic.
He said he’d played the same number every week for years and that the couple had always lived on a tight budget. The windfall came as a relief, and the couple was already being provided with an independent financial adviser.