Israel’s biggest every lottery winner finally comes forward

Mifal Hapais: Israel’s national lottery, announced on Tuesday that it has located the winner of the ₪74 million ($20 million)* prize. The claimant of the prize finally came forward four months after the numbers were drawn.

The jackpot is the biggest lottery prize won in Israel’s history.

“We believed the winner would arrive sooner or later,” said the lottery’s manager of drawings and winnings in an interview with Army Radio. The winner’s identity had been verified and he will collect his winnings on Tuesday.

“The winner said he was carrying the ticket around in his bag since December,” said the lottery manager. “But since he has a habit of checking multiple tickets at one, he only now discovered that he won.”

*₪ is currency symbol for New Israeli Shekels.

Published: April 13, 2010

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