Belgian couple claims European lottery jackpot
12 October 2005, BRUSSELS — The mystery Belgian winners of the Euro Millions lottery have claimed their EUR 7.5 million in prize money.
12 October 2005
BRUSSELS — The mystery Belgian winners of the Euro Millions lottery have claimed their EUR 7.5 million in prize money.
Speculation over who held the winning ticket had mounted over the weekend as no one came forward to claim the prize after Friday's draw.
However, the winners reported to the headquarters of the Belgian National Lottery on Tuesday afternoon.
It is the first time that a Belgian ticket has claimed the first prize in the European-wide lottery, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Wednesday.
The winners have opted to remain anonymous, but the National Lottery was allowed to reveal that they are aged in the 30s and have young children.
The lucky couple is "deliriously happy, but still have both feet on the ground".
The man does not intend to stop working and the woman will continue to care for their children.
They intend to change their lifestyle and will continue playing the Euro Millions lottery. Part of the winnings will be invested in an apartment on the coast.
The winning ticket was validated in Temse, but the winning couple does not originate from the Flemish town.
Launched in February 2004, Euro Millions is a joint collaboration between the UK National Lottery, French Lottery and Spain's lottery.
Other European lotteries such as Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland have also joined the collaborative project.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news