A record-high Eurojackpot lotto ticket was purchased in the Czech Republic’s Pardubice region last week – just a day before the Friday night drawing – and the winner has not yet come forward.
Bought a ticket recently? You may want to double-check those numbers.
The prize is especially rich in the Czech Republic, where lottery winnings are not subject to taxes. That means the winner will take home the entire 2.5 billion CZK (€90 million) sum.
The winner has 32 days to claim the prize, which is the largest in Eurojackpot history. They can take home up to 270,000 CZK in cash directly from Sazka, and must make arrangements to transfer the rest of the sum to a bank account.
This Aha! article (in Czech) suggests local banks may cause the winner problems by freezing the money and requiring proof of winning.
The sum of 2.5 billion CZK eclipses the previous high jackpot by a large margin: the previous record, which would be the equivalent of 1.65 billion CZK (€60 million) today, was claimed in 2014 by a Finnish lottery winner.
The Eurojackpot is the largest lottery game in Europe, and is played throughout sixteen countries including the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
A spokesman from Sazka estimates that Czechs spend 40 million CZK on Eurojackpot each week. Sports betting through Sazka, meanwhile, checks in at more than double that figure weekly.
Odds of winning the Eurojackpot, which is drawn every Friday night?
1 in 95,000,000.