‘Luckiest town in the world’ revealed after 165 residents each win £745,000 on EuroMillions using special tactic

A TOWN is celebrating after residents each won £745,000 on Euromillions using a special tactic.

Locals in ‘the world’s luckiest town’ in Belgium won the £123 million jackpot after banding together.

Newsagent Wim Van Broekhoven sold the tickets to the lucky winners


Newsagent Wim Van Broekhoven sold the tickets to the lucky winnersCredit: Avalon.red
His shop is in the village of Olmen


His shop is in the village of OlmenCredit: Avalon.red

The 165 strong syndicate paid in equally to buy EuroMillions tickets from the De Pershoek newsagent and the tactic paid off.

De Pershoek owner Wim Van Broekhoven explained that most of his customers could not believe it.

“I often had to repeat it five to six times,” he said.

Lottery spokesman Joke Vermoere said they all played together in the same newsagent in Olmen, where they each invested £13.

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“It is not the first time that De Pershoek organises this kind of group pot, but it is the first time that they win so much,” she said,

EuroMillions said there were more than 27 million entries purchased for the draw but only one matched the full winning line.

It comes after a lottery syndicate called in lawyers after one member was accused of keeping a £828,000 jackpot for himself.

Trent Bowden bought tickets on behalf of ten pals using the same numbers each week, court papers say.

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But last month he went to claim the bumper winnings as an individual rather than for the group, a writ alleges.

Trent, who runs a clay pigeon shooting range near Perth, Australia, is now being sued along with lotto organiser Lotterywest.

Court papers claim he struck it lucky using the syndicate’s regular numbers, The West Australian reports.

He is said to have scooped $2,200 (£1,215) on October 29, and “reinvested” the winnings in the next draw.

Earlier this year, a man claimed syndicate leaders owed him a slice of a $63million jackpot .

Former government worker Mark Ing said he paid $100 to join a syndicate run by newsagents Tania and Kevin Parkes.

They claimed he actually joined a losing syndicate – not the pool of 250 customers that struck lucky.

Mr and Mrs Parkes were also in the pool and won a combined $536,000 – which they used to buy a $3.2million mansion.

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They took Mr Ing and the lotto organisers to court to block him from getting a share.

The bitter dispute was reportedly settled out of court before trial.