It is official. Father Christmas does exist and he is Belgian.
A man who won 7.5 million euros on the Euromillions lottery is giving half of it away to the needy this festive season. He has not been named, but he lives in a Flemish town close to the Dutch border. Guido Coenegrachts, the manager of the newsagents which sold him the winning ticket, said: “He told me that he had also felt the cold during winter and that he thought that he could help people deal with that.” Hubert Cleuren, the president of an association for people in distress in the man’s hometown of Riemst, said: “I have taken calls from people in neighbouring villages asking if they might benefit from this man’s donations But he is helping our townspeople. I would do the same if I was him.” The anonymous benefactor has already started handing out cheques for heating oil to 100 local families. Local florist, Sissi Bours, said: “Everybody is asking who he is. Everybody has an idea. We all think it is a man in his 50’s with two children. Everyone is speculating.” What is known is that the man in question won his fortune just a couple of weeks ago in the Euromillions draw on December 12.