Lifestyle & Belief

Pot luck, as Norway family wins lottery three times

With roughly 5 million people, Norway isn't the most populous of countries – but the odds of winning the lottery are still pretty steep.

Try telling that to the Oknes family, who have managed to do just that three times over the past six years – scooping a collective $3.9 million, the UK's Daily Mail reported.

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Nineteen-year-old Tord last week became the latest Oknes to continue the family fortunes, winning 12.2 million kroner ($2.1m) in the Norwegian National Lottery.

Tord's astonishing jackpot comes after his sister Hege Jeanette scooped an 8.2 million kroner three years ago, and father Leif won 8.4 million three years before that.

According to the BBC, the lucky numbers were drawn every time Hege Jeanette was pregnant or had just given birth.

She told Agence France Presse that, as a result, her non-lottery-winning siblings were urging her to keep on having children.

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Roar Jødahl, a spokesman for lottery operator Norsk Tipping, said he had to “pinch himself in the arm” after learning that Tord had won the lottery for the Oknes family a third time, adding it was the first case of its kind in Norway.