EuroJackpot is known amongst lottery players as the major lotto that offers the best odds on big prize wins – but that doesn’t mean to say the jackpots on offer don’t get ludicrously big! This is the story of the biggest EuroJackpot win ever, which hit the headlines all over Europe in 2015. It just goes to show that great odds and astonishing prizes really can go hand in hand.
It seemed like just an ordinary early summer evening – but the night of Friday May 15th 2015 would go down in the record books as the most extraordinary moment in the histories of both EuroJackpot, and of lottery in the Czech Republic.
The news broke soon after the EuroJackpot draw that night – a matching ticket for a record-breaking jackpot of € 90 Million had been sold by a Czech vendor, and the winner was expected to be announced over the following days.
A reticent record breaker
As it turned out, several weeks would pass before the big winner finally stepped forward to claim their prize, which was worth a whopping 2.4 billion in Czech Crowns.
The long wait for the draw’s conclusion spawned a nationwide hunt for the € 90 Million ticket. One internet prankster sparked a sensation by posting a fake video of an imitation ticket being burned to a crisp by a mysterious hooded man.
Thankfully, the winner eventually came forward to collect his prize. As he chose to exercise his right to anonymity, we know tantalisingly little about his identity and the reasons behind his long wait to claim the jackpot. An employee of Sazka, the company which organises EuroJackpot in the Czech Republic, revealed that the winner was a middle-aged man, still in work, who simply said he had needed time to think things over after finding out he’d landed the biggest EuroJackpot win ever. So much for the idea that women are better at lotto! He is said to have immediately withdrawn 270,000 crowns in cash upon claiming his prize, before leaving to catch a train.
Thanks to the liberal gaming laws of his native country, the winner won’t have paid any tax whatsoever on his big win – god bless the Czech Republic!
When will the record be broken again?
€ 90 Million is the maximum jackpot in the EuroJackpot lottery, so we won’t see a bigger win until such a time as when the game’s rules are altered, whenever that may be. The jackpot could, however, be equalled at any time – and quite possible at some point this year!