December 3, 2022
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Instead of spending the insane winnings on himself and his loved ones, he did something else with the fortune that fell into his lap.

A French man called Guy won €200 million in the EuroMillions lottery back in December 2020. It was the highest prize money ever won in the history of the game. His chances of hitting the right numbers and winning the jackpot were 1 in 140 million.

The man could have used his winnings to buy a chateau on the French Riviera with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean, or a vineyard in Bordeaux, yachts, luxury cars, designer goods… But he had a completely different idea of what he wanted to do with the money. 

The lottery winner, who lives in the south of France and has a history of environmentalism, has set up the Mother Foundation, named after a town in Côte d’Ivoire. The aim of the organisation is to protect the global environment and reduce the impact of climate change, the Spanish daily La Vanguardia has reported.

In a statement issued on the occasion of the creation of the foundation, the winner said, “I intend to protect and support those who want to preserve life and the links that link man and nature in the long term.”

The press reports were confirmed by the lottery and sports betting company La Française des Jeux. Isabelle Cesari, who is in charge of contacts with the winners, noted that lottery winners often choose to donate part of their fortune to various charitable and social causes. As an example, she mentioned another lottery winner who won a huge sum of money at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of which was used to buy and distribute face masks.

The exact amount of money Guy used to set up the foundation was not disclosed, but he did spend some of it on himself, travelling around France and buying a holiday home. But the fortune hasn’t changed her radically, she still loves the same things she loved most, like spending time with her family and walks in the woods.

Since then, the record for the amount won has been broken twice: a winner living in Switzerland and Tahiti won €210 million and €220 million respectively in the transnational lottery.