Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Three times lucky at the lotto for Norwegian family

Three times lucky at the lotto for Norwegian family

From: AFP
September 26, 2012 10:09AM

A NORWEGIAN family has hit the lottery jackpot not once but three times and won a total of more than three million euros, with each win coinciding with the birth of another family member.

By winning 12.2 million kroner ($2.03 million) last week on Norway's national lottery, 19 year-old Tord Oksnes became part of a lucrative family tradition.

Before him, his 26 year-old sister Hege Jeanette had pocketed 8.2 million kroner in 2010, only four years after their 58-year-old father Leif won 4.1 million kroner on the same lottery.

The lucky numbers were drawn every time Hege Jeanette was pregnant or had just given birth. Two of those births took place within only hours of a family member winning.

When asked by AFP about the family's secret to winning the jackpot, the lucky mother replied: "Getting pregnant."

Her three other brothers who have (yet) to win the lottery have begun paying special attention to the size of her belly, she added.

"They're urging me to have at least 10 children, she said with a smile. "Having children is always nice, but it doesn't happen on command. Maybe..."

However, a spokesperson for Norsk Tipping, the Norwegian national lottery, cautioned that the brothers' plan for growing the family fortune by having more babies may not be foolproof.

"I've tried myself twice and I've never won anything," said Roar Joedahl.

Calculating the probability of one family winning the lottery three times is extremely difficult, since there are so many factors to consider, he added.

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