An unknown individual has made headlines in the Czech Republic, after the country’s prime betting company, SAZKA, announced that the winner of a Europe-wide lottery’s billion-crown jackpot was Czech. His luck may be seen by some as two-fold, because the win came before the expected arrival of new legislation taxing lottery winners.
Czechs spent a record sum on betting last year, placing bets worth 249.5
billion crowns. That’s a rise of just over 11 percent on the previous
year. Winnings paid out from bets came to over 218 billion crowns, an
increase of 18.4 percent.
According to the Czech Ministry of Finance, the number of casinos and gaming-machine bars has dropped to roughly 1,800 following the introduction of the new legislation and statutes.
Czech lottery and betting company Sazka saw its profits rise by around one-fifth to over CZK 13 billion in 2018, the website seznam.cz reported on Thursday. The company boosted its turnover mainly due to Eurojackpot; last year, Czechs bet more than two billion crowns in the European lottery, which is a year-on-year increase of 53 percent.
British singer Elton John is set to perform at Prague's O2 Arena on Saturday night. According to the organizers, the concert is completely sold out. Sir Elton will appear in the Czech capital as part of his world tour to promote his 33rd studio album Wonderful Crazy Night. He last visited Prague three years ago.
The Summer Olympic Games in Rio kick off this coming Friday and, Czech Radio reports, for many Czechs the Games – with the motto of Stronger, Faster, Higher – will represent more than the Olympic spirit but a chance to bet, and with a little luck, turn a profit. According to the broadcaster, citing bookmakers, during the course of the games Czechs are likely to bet hundreds of millions of crowns.
Some 17,000 people attended a concert by Paul McCartney to a sold-out Prague's O2 Arena on Thursday Night. During a two and a half hour show, part of his One on One world tour, the British singer performed about twenty old Beatles' hits as well as songs from his recent albums. It was the former Beatle's second ever concert in the Czech Republic. His previous concert in Prague took place at a makeshift outdoor site in an old industrial part of the city in 2004.
Madonna will perform at Prague’s Arena on Saturday and Sunday. The singer is here within her Rebel Heart tour and her two concerts are completely sold out. In addition to Rebel Heart hits Madonna will perform some of her staples such as True Blue, Like A Virgin and La Isla Bonita and 'La Vie En Rose' the signature song of Edith Piaf. Madonna last performed in Prague in 2009.
The Czech winner of the biggest ever Eurojackpot has come forward to claim his money, the Sazka betting agency reported on Thursday. The man appeared more than three weeks after winning a staggering 90 million euro or 2.4 billion crowns in the lottery and demanded he remain in anonymity. Sazka disclosed only that winner was a middle-aged man who was still working and who said he had needed time to think things over. He took out 270,000 crowns in cash and left, saying he was in a hurry to catch a train, the Sazka employee said. The winner has been offered the services of a psychologist and financial advisor.