Published: 25 Sep 2012 12:22 GMT+02:00 | Print version
Updated: 25 Sep 2012 12:22 GMT+02:00
Tord Oksnes, 19, became the third member of the same family in western Norway to hit the jackpot in the national lottery when he won 12.2 million kroner in last weekend's draw.
Three years ago his sister hit the headlines when she scooped an 8.2-million kroner bonanza in the Lotto, replicating her dad’s good fortune three years earlier when a lottery win made him 8.4 million kroner richer.
Roar Jødahl, a spokesman for lottery operator Norsk Tipping, admitted to amazement at the family’s improbable triple triumph.
“I remember well the story of his sister winning after her father had won before,” he told newspaper Bergens Tidende.
“With her brother now winning, I have to pinch myself in the arm,” said Jødahl.
Over the years, the Lotto has seen some curious coincidences, he added.
“We’ve had occasions where people have won twice, and different examples of couples who live together each winning.
“But this has to be unique and just goes to show that anything is possible.”
Keeping his feet firmly on the ground, Tord Oksnes said he no plans to quit his trainee position with a local energy firm in his home town of Austevoll. He was even reluctant to take a day off to celebrate.
“I actually have a bit of a guilty conscience about winning so much money. I’m sure there's somebody who could have done with the money more than me,” he told Bergens Tidende.
Oksnes added that he had no plans to leave the family home and would continue driving his 11-year-old car for as long as it remained roadworthy.
He did however plan to invest in an apartment, which he said he would rent out for a few years until he was ready to move away from his mum.