A Frenchman has won a million euros twice in less than two years in a feat that mathematicians claim has odds of one in 16 trillion.
The lucky punter from south-east France, who has not been named, has scooped the country’s “My Million” lottery for the second time in 18 months.
He won €1m (£877,000) in November 2016 and continued to play each week, winning his second €1m last month.
The double winner intends to keep playing, French media reported.
La Parisien newspaper quoted mathematicians as saying the odds of winning the My Million once were about 19 million to one, and the bigger EuroMillions 140 million to one.
A double win is not unheard of, however, as an Australian man reportedly won a local lottery twice in one week last month – scooping more than $1m (£571,502) each time.
“We don’t know of anyone else who has won twice in a week,” said New South Wales Lotteries spokesman Matt Hart.
My Million is a supplementary game available to French EuroMillions players and runs alongside the main EuroMillions lottery.
Players in EuroMillions are automatically entered for the second draw with a series of randomly assigned numbers.