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article imageDenmark lottery mistakenly announces hundreds of billionaires

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By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 27, 2012 in Odd News
Copenhagen - The state-run Danish lottery blundered big time when it emailed 300 lottery players to congratulate them on a $3.8 billion win.
The lucky lotto billionaires did not have long to plan how to spend the money that represented billions beyond their wildest dreams. Danish state-run lottery company, Danske Spil, which runs the Keno, had in fact made an embarrassing error and the winners turned out to have won around $100 each.
Emirates 247 reported Danske Spil spokesman Thomas Roersig said "Three hundred of our lottery players who won the lottery, the Keno, received a message saying they had won a sum in the billions. And they never won that amount ... We are of course very sorry. We have now written to them to inform them of the sum that they really won."
The mistake was blamed on human error. According to Euro News Roersig said "We were about to start our new Eurojackpot lottery, with some very big prizes. So we were adding zeros for internal testing and those zeros went out by mistake.”
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