Lottery Winners Get Involved In Sports
When dreaming of winning the lottery, most people think of buying a mansion to live in, or a coastal view cottage as vacation home, or a brand new sporty Mercedes and so on.
You will almost never hear about lotto fans who dream of hitting the jackpot in order to invest in their favorite sports club. You will hear them talking about donating to charity, but does this include the local gym?
Although it is not part of the big “winning the lottery dream”, these kind of things do happen!
The lucky Brits who won the EuroMillions jackpot in July 2011 have often made the headlines because of their extravagant spending, but also for their charitable donations. A football fan, Mr. Weir redirected a part of his sudden fortune towards the world of sports. In June 2012, he donated £750,000 to his local football team, Largs Thistle, to help them pay the bills and upgrade their facilities. A year later, he sponsored the foundation of Partick Thistle youth academy, aimed at opening the doors of professional football for 120 young players, while providing the necessary facilities to play football and to train to up to 1000 young people.
The 63-year-old lucky Norwegian, Yngvar Borgesen from Skien, won the 13.5 million € EuroJackpot prize in May last year – the largest lottery prize ever in Norwegian history. Ever since he came forward and claimed his prize, he declared he wanted to do something for the local community. Borgesen decided to invest in the local football club Odds Ballklubb and, foremost in their young defender Fredrik Semb Berge, who had made his senior international debut in a game against South Africa, and was at risk of being sold because of financial difficulties. The player continued to play for the club where his father had previously played and, soon after Borgesen’s donation, he took Norway to the semifinals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship! Read more about his decision here.
Gareth and Catherine Bull said the sudden £40 million did not really changed their lives. They even joke saying they were boring before, and continue to be boring even if they have the status of millionaires now. However, some things did change: they had the freedom to quit their jobs and can now spend a great deal of their time volunteering at the local sports club, Debdale Park Sports & Recreational Club, where their kids play football.