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.
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.”