A Brussels man won €5,684,144.40 in the 8 December EuroMillions draw, the National Lottery said on Thursday.
The win was the biggest prize generated in Belgium during the year 2020.
"I had read that a Belgian had won in row 2 but I was far from suspecting it was me," the winner, whose identity was not revealed and who presented himself last week, told the National Lottery.
"When I checked my numbers, I was even afraid for a while that I would be too late to collect my winnings,” he said.
A person has 20 weeks from the draw to claim their prize.
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The winner works in the hospitality industry, said Liliane Goor of the National Lottery, speaking of “good news in these difficult times" marked by the coronavirus crisis.
The winner, a kitchen worker, intends to buy a new home and spoil his children, whose birthdays he played. When the restaurants reopen, he will certainly go to his, but this time to enjoy a meal with his family.
The biggest EuroMillions win in Belgium goes back to 2016, with 168 million euros won on 11 October.
The Brussels Times