Saturday 17 March 2018

Frenchman to share out €72m lotto

A french man is to donate most of his lottery winnings to charity
A french man is to donate most of his lottery winnings to charity

Josie Ensor

It is the dream of millions of Europeans who play the lottery each week.

Now one single Frenchman has won the jackpot, only to give the lion's share away to charity.

The unmarried man in his 50s from the Haute-Garonne area of southwestern France, who has opted to remain anonymous, said he will share €50m (£41m) of his €72m giveaway between a dozen NGOs working on behalf of the disadvantaged.

He has only one stipulation – that he is told how the donations will be used.

French newspapers are hailing it as "an incredible act of generosity", while social media is awash with praise for the "lucky man".

A spokesman from Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), the organisation that runs the trans-national lottery in France, said of the winner: "He has a strong sense of social solidarity and he believes in generosity."

Sociologist Denis Muzet said: "This individual is sending us a message: success in life is not about how much money you earn but about what you do for others."

The record jackpot for a European lottery is €190m won by British couple Adrian and Gillian Bayford in August 2012. (©Telegraph London)

Irish Independent

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