Frenchman donates most of huge Euro Millions lottery win to charity

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 May, 2014, 9:37pm
UPDATED : Friday, 30 May, 2014, 9:37pm


A Frenchman who scooped more than €72 million (HK$760 million) on the Euro Millions lottery is donating €50 million of his jackpot to charity.

The unidentified winner, from the Haute-Garonne area of southwestern France, has said he will share his windfall between around 10 NGOs working on behalf of the disadvantaged.

Francaise des Jeux, the organisation that runs the trans- national lottery in France, said the winner had asked to remain anonymous but media reported that he was single, in his 50s and did not have have any children.

"He has a strong sense of social solidarity and he believes in generosity," an FDJ spokesman said.

Le Parisien newspaper hailed the man's gesture as "an incredible act of generosity", while he was praised as a "class act" on social media sites such as Twitter.

Sociologist Denis Muzet told Le Parisien: "This individual is sending us a message: success in life is not about how much money you earn but about what you do for others."