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Unemployed Woman Wins ISK 70 Million in Lottery

The second winner of last Saturday’s lottery has come forward. She is an unemployed family woman who lives in the greater capital area, mbl.is reports.

money_pkPhoto: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.

For the first time in the lottery’s history, the jackpot was eight-fold (ISK 70 million, EUR 440,000, USD 600,845) as it had been some time since someone had won.

By coincidence, the woman stopped by at a gas station on Bústaðavegur in Reykjavík, as her car was running out of gas. The man who serviced her was particularly nice and invited her to buy a lottery ticket, which she accepted; a 10-row ticket which cost ISK 1,300.

She didn’t examine the ticket until Thursday, after having heard that one of the two winning tickets had been bought at this particular station.

When she realized that this was the winning ticket, the woman shook and trembled, the lottery organizers, Íslensk getspá, said in a statement. She placed her ticket back in her wallet and took a shower, taking the wallet into the bathroom; she didn’t want to let it out of her sight.

The woman still hadn’t told her husband the joyous news; she wanted to make sure that this was real, that she actually had a winning ticket in her hands with the stellar amount.

The other jackpot winner, receiving an equal amount, is a family man in his thirties, mbl.is reports.

When asked by Íslensk getspá what he intended to do with the money, he was quick to reply. His parents were about to lose their home because of debt and he said he is going to prevent that from happening.


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