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"What are we going to do with all this?" : what goes through the mind of a big winner of EuroMillions or Loto


Astonishment or euphoria: what feeling predominates in the one who won 220 million euros Friday night in France at EuroMi

March 2013. A retiree from Seine-et-Marne consults the results of EuroMillions on the website of the Française des Jeux (FDJ). And there: "It's the slap. A blow of the club! “Says the Ile-de-France, who has just won 132 million euros. “I sat down on my coffee table and when I broke the news to my wife, she said:

It's a poisoned gift! Why is this happening to us? What are we going to do with all of this?

Me neither, I did not realize. So, to relax, I went for a walk the dog. "

The stories of big winners, like those told by Vincent Mongaillard in his book “Les Millionnaires du loto” (Éditions de l'Opportun), often begin as follows: with a form of disbelief. The lucky guy who just won the record jackpot of 220 million euros on Friday night may have had the same feeling when he learned that he had ticked all the right numbers. From him or her, we know for now that it is the biggest gain won to date in Europe, that his grid was played in France, but we will have to wait for the check to be pocketed. to find out in which region the ticket was validated. Since Friday evening,France has 113 big winners in the European lottery and is now in second position behind the United Kingdom among the nine European countries participating in EuroMillions.

"There is often a phase of astonishment"

To recover his treasure fallen from the sky, the person concerned has sixty days to report to the FDJ.

What thoughts can cross your mind when you know that your bank account will suddenly be credited with so many millions?

“Each person reacts differently, but there is often a phase of bewilderment,” explains Isabelle Cesari, manager of the winning relationship service at the FDJ.

There are also real explosions of happiness, like this winner who was totally inaudible on the phone: he had shouted his joy so much that he lost his voice.

And another I had in the morning to confirm that he had won called me back in the evening because he wanted to hear again how much he had won.


"When I saw that we had the right six numbers, I couldn't breathe, no longer speak, I was afraid of being uncomfortable," says Marie, the little sixties, who pocketed 3 million euros in the Loto with two friends, in 2011. It was very hard to live with.

"Gaston's wife was sleeping when the sixty-year-old, who had checked the numbers ten times, told her that they had just won 8.7 million euros:" There was no sound coming out of my mouth, I was panicking.

She thought there was a fire in the house and then quickly jumped out of bed.


"It is true that they sleep quite badly the first night"

When she has these big winners for the first time on the phone, Isabelle Cesari explains to them that what they feel is normal, that the astonishment is only fleeting.

"At the beginning, there is a part of incredulity with them, dreams which begin to be put in place, life projects which are reoriented, but it is true that they sleep rather badly the first night", recognizes the FDJ manager.

When he won 7 million euros in 2007, Bob admits to having been invaded by "cold sweats".

“It's after five days that we start to feel better and to ask ourselves:

What are we going to be able to do with all this money?

"" When they end up recovering their check, testifies Isabelle Cesari, then there, often, they find the sleep and sleep like babies.


Source: leparis

All life articles on 2021-10-17

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