Daily Israel Report

Israeli Wins 74 Million Shekels in Lottery

One Israeli's life just got a whole lot richer – 74 million shekels richer. But no one has claimed the prize yet.
By Malkah Fleisher
First Publish: 12/29/2009, 10:14 PM / Last Update: 12/29/2009, 10:51 PM

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While there is a certain richness to life in the Holy Land, one Israeli's life just got a whole lot richer – 74 million shekels richer, after winning Saturday's "double lotto" lottery prize. The sum is equivalent to about 19.5 million US dollars.

Only one ticket in Israel's largest-ever lottery jackpot held all 7 lottery numbers. Approximately 7 million tickets were sold. 

The second prize winner walked away with 4 million shekels, and 20 people won 14,804 shekels each.

A hefty 25% of the grand prize will go back to the government in income taxes, leaving the happy winner with 55.5 million shekels – when he or she is revealed. As of Monday no one has come to claim the prize.

This is the first jackpot to be won after 22 consecutive weeks without a winner.