Fate—or luck—smiled on two lucky winners, who ended Sunday evening with their net worth enhanced by 5.6 million euros each.
Nearly one-third of Finns placed bets to bag the winning prize in Sunday’s largest-ever lottery draw and take home 11.3 million euros.
By Sunday evening Lotto punters had already bet more than 15 million euros in the hopes of winning the big ticket prize—or at least a substantial part of it.
Paying health bills and loans, travel and early retirement were some of the plans Lotto dreamers shared with Yle as they played for a chance to win.
Last February an even 11 million euros was up for grabs in the national lottery, but the prize had to be shared among several winners.
So far the biggest single win in Lotto history went to one lucky player who became eight million euros richer about one year ago.
Since 1973 Finland has paid out some 262 million euros in lottery winnings, with the first million win taking place the same year. At that time the jackpot was just over one million Finnish marks.