Anyone who has ever wondered about the sense in playing the lottery will be spurred on by this week’s news that a simple €10 bet in Porto has netted one lucky punter the life-changing sum of €100 million.
As speculation runs rife in the little community of Margaride, Felgueiras, the winner announced on Friday has yet to show up. He or she still has 89 days in which to claim the prize – 20% of which will go straight into government coffers as tax.
In other words, that leaves the winner walking out the door with €80 million.
As not-so-successful lottery players mused over the weekend: “Let’s hope the winner is someone who needs a bit of help”.
Announcing the winning numbers, a statement from the Santa Casa gaming department said that since its launch in 2004, Euromillions has seen 55 Portuguese win first prizes. Friday’s ‘flutters’ generated “net receipts in the order of €14.6 million”, and there are more winners in the ‘lucky draw’ pipeline to be announced today – though none for now appear to have registered their slips in Portugal.