The winner, nicknamed “Guy” by the French lottery group Françaises des Jeux (FDJ), won the sum in December 2020. At the time, the jackpot was the largest in the history of EuroMillions, a lottery seven issues involving several European countries including France and the United Kingdom.
“From my point of view, the priority today is to save the planet,” Guy told Le Parisien. “We must act. This is an absolute emergency. If nothing is done in this regard, all other actions will be in vain. We will no longer exist.”
Reflecting on the moment of his victory, Guy told Le Parisien he still remembered his doubts and disbelief. After it became clear he was indeed the winner, he said, he decided to put the money to good use.
“As soon as I found out that I was the lucky winner of EuroMillions, I wanted to share my luck,” he said in the interview with Le Parisien.
He was already determined to create his own foundation at the time of his victory, according to a press release from FDJ.
The result of Guy’s determination is Anyama, a foundation that bears the name of a town in Côte d’Ivoire where he spent several years during his childhood, he told Le Parisien.
“I’ve passed on most of my prize money and will gradually be giving away almost all of it,” he said.
The Anyama Foundation website explained that it was Guy’s memory of seeing trucks loaded with trees in Ivory Coast that motivated him to create an environmental foundation.
“This procession of trucks marked me deeply and filled me with indignation,” he said.
Lottery group FDJ welcomed Guy’s decision to donate most of his prize money to saving the environment, group spokesman Thibault Mongis told CNN on Friday, calling it an exceptional and generous gesture. .
Guy’s winning combination in 2020 was 6, 9, 13, 24, 41 and lucky stars 3 and 12, according to the FDJ statement at the time.
Guy has since been dethroned as the biggest jackpot winner. Another French player won the sum of 239 million dollars in October 2021.