The numbers drawn were 3, 8, 9, 13, 35 and 42, plus Viking number 4. It was an exciting draw for the 346,467 participants who picked up prizes, including the Norwegian ticket holder who won 2.4 million kr (€262,391) for matching all six main numbers without the Viking number, but the big winner was the player who matched the complete winning line.
‘A Completely Surreal Feeling’
The jackpot winner came from Finnmark in Norway, and Norsk Tipping - Norway’s official lottery operator - immediately contacted the ticket holder to give him the good news. Speaking about the moment he found out at 21:30 on the night of the draw, he said: “I thought it was someone who was going to sell me something. The surprise was great. I had not followed the draw on television.”
He was especially pleased to discover just how much he had won, having been unaware that the jackpot had climbed to 199.9 million kr (€21 million). The top prize had previously not been given away since a Norwegian ticket holder won €33.1 million (319 million kr) on 11th April.
“I did not realise it was such a big pot. 200 million (kr) is more money than you understand,” said the man, who became the seventh biggest lottery winner in Norway’s history, and the largest winner from Finnmark.
The man from Finnmark can now start thinking about how he would like to spend his money after having a meeting with financial advisors this week, as he admits it has been quite a shock to the system.
“The evening (I won) was like a regular evening, but it was a little hard to relax. It took a while before I fell asleep. But when I fell asleep, I slept well,” he said. “Winning so much money means I can do more of what I want to do. That’s how I’m quite privileged. It’s completely surreal.”
Vikinglotto Prizes Start Building Again
Take a look at the Vikinglotto Results page to see the latest winning numbers, plus a breakdown of the prizes given away in all the different participating countries. There were no winners in either of the top two tiers on Wednesday 4th July, so both prizes will grow for the next draw.
The jackpot will now climb to an estimated €4.4 million, while the second prize is expected to more than double from its value of €233,816 in the most recent draw. All nine participating nations contribute to the top two prizes, before distributing the rest of the money raised from ticket sales in their own way at a national level.
There are lots of ways to win in every country, giving you the chance to snap up big prizes by either going to authorised retailers or playing online. It could just be that someone else gobbles up the jackpot in the next draw. Good luck!