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Lottery winner wasn't sure he wanted $11 million

Mar 19, 2004, 4:38 am

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A German lottery winner who scooped a jackpot of more than £6 million (US$11 million) didn't claim it for ten weeks as he wasn't sure he wanted the money.

The clerk from Dortmund, who wishes to remain anonymous, was the only player to tip the six correct numbers in the January 3 draw, entitling him to £6,360,000.

However, nearly three months passed before the lucky winner presented himself to WestLotto with his winning ticket saying he had taken time out so he could "think things over".

The company had thought the winner was unaware of his luck and had been searching for the ticket holder in a poster campaign.

WestLotto spokesman Elmar Banfaste described the new millionaire as "exceptionally cool". The winner had spent some time considering whether to forfeit the money altogether.

He said: "I needed some time to think things through in peace."

The idea that the money could be used to help other people finally persuaded the winner to show up at the lottery's offices in Muenster. He is now considering setting up a charitable foundation.

After first talks with his WestLotto adviser, the man has disappeared again to think things over some more.

Ananova

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all I can say to that is " WOW!!"

"Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields 

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    Okay.. I have only one question for this. IF you don't intend to win and collect the money.. why play atall?!?



    *thinks solemnly of all the family members he could and would touch with the money*

    "In the codes of the warriors, there is a saying; 'Be strong, and do as you will. The swords of others will set you your limits.'" --p.10, Marauders of Gor

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      Magnu$ wrote: Okay.. I have only one question for this. IF you don't intend to win and collect the money.. why play atall?!?

      You'd be surprised, millions of people have bought a ticket on a whim saying I never win anything and when they do are dumfounded as to what to do with their windfall.

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        I sure would like the oppertunity to see if I wanted the winnings.

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                  Me too saleo paleo.

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            mckinney
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            if the german wants to give about 5000. away, iwould love to take it.  i would have to say that if you are generous before you win the money then you will be generous when you have the money in your hand. i really hate the comments about people who win that say they will give there money to charity. yeah right, i believe they say that so people will think that they are nice or something. if your GREEDY before you win,you will be even the same way when you win. 

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              Im totally agree with Bennettj.  I hate those stupid people that won the lottery and TRY to be nice in front of the camera with all those bull stories. (if u really wanted to help just do it and please dont thanks GOD, he aint got time helping u picked the number!!!)
              back to this dumb fart, i got one question for him "ARE U ON CRACK???" everytime i heard story like this it piss-off lottery players like me!!!

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                I wonder if the winner was this guy color=#800080michiganplayer he sure did ask a lot of questions a while back. About the games taxes and other lottery information then he hasn't been back since compiling all the information he could gather. Or maybe I scared him away .............when I asked him if he was going to share his winnings with us.

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