Creative Way to Reveal Your Lottery Win to Family
Lottery fans have always dreamed of what they would do if they won the lottery. Some even fantasize about how they would reveal their incredible windfall to their loved ones.
Back in 2011, Poul Hjortbol from Denmark won 15 million kroner (approximately $2.7 million USD). Instead of keeping the news from his two teenaged boys, he sets the boys down for what appears to be a quaint celebration dinner.
The video starts with a big of alarming news, as he tells his boys that he quick his job and, understandably so, the boys are a bit shocked to hear the news. A few moments later, Poul explains that he has won a bit of money and proceeds to give the boys a few gifts—5000 kroner ($900 USD) and a new Apple iPad, each. Of course, the boys are ecstatic and in utter disbelief; one keeps repeating “oh my god” at one point. When they ask how much Poul has won, he says, has only won about 200,000 kroner ($35,000 USD).
Of course, this news sparks some excitement, but three minutes later after he and his teenage sons have a bit of celebratory champagne, Poul reveals that he has something more to tell them. He admits that he has lied to them. After a momentary pause, he reveals that he has won more money. When one of the boys asks how much, he says he has won over a million (kroner).
So it is no surprise when the boys can barely contain themselves when Poul hands them another 5000kr for themselves and then throws two more stacks of cash equaling 50,000kr ($9,000 USD) on the table, stating that they will go shopping the following day!
The Big Reveal
Another minute passes and they boys are back in their seats. Poul is still calmly sitting opposing them and he is not done yet! He tells them that the winnings are a lot more than a million kroner. Instead of telling the boys how much he won, he hands them what may be an award letter. When they scan the paper, they read in disbelief that the amount is actually a whopping 15 million kroner ($2.7 million USD).
Life After Lottery
After such a suspenseful reveal, you may wonder why the public is only now learning of the video and the win. When Poul first won, the 50-year old middle manager decided to keep things quiet. However, now he is featured in a Danish book, Taenk – Jeg Vandt (Think – I won) by Ole Stephensen. The book details the lives of several Danish lottery winners, and Poul is one of the stories.
Since winning the lottery, Poul has invested some of his winnings into a Danish website, but he has since declined to comment further.
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