A German lottery player was left stunned by a bad luck-good luck sequence this week that saw him lose his job due to the economic recession, only to win $35 million on the Toto-Lotto Lower Saxony lottery.
In a heartwarming story, the 40-year-old bachelor said of his big win: "It look my breath away. Now I can take my time looking for a new position and don't have to just take any odd job that presents itself."
The lottery firm said it would offer the winner, whose name was not released, advice on how best to spend and invest his windfall.
The jackpot reached $54 million last week — the third biggest ever — and attracted millions of punters including Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck.
But the second holder of a lucky ticket, a resident of Bavaria, has yet to come forward to claim his winnings, Toto-Lotto said.