Just months after retiring from professional football, former Bochum striker Tommy Bechmann has given his pension fund a boost by winning the Danish lottery.
The 35-year-old, who represented Bochum and Freiburg in the German top tiers, was on holiday in Spain with his family when he was informed he’d scooped the five million krone (around £585,000) grand jackpot.
After news of his windfall made headlines in Denmark, Bechmann revealed that he always uses the birth dates of his children as his lottery numbers, but had only ever won a nominal amount of money in the past.
Speaking to Ekstrabladet, he said:
I checked the sender’s address and saw that it was the same one that had notified me when I had won 50 krone before.
I called (lottery organisers) Danske Spil and they confirmed the news to me.
The winter holiday will probably be a little more luxurious than planned.
Bechmann retired in January after a six-year stint with SonderjyskE in his native Denmark, having also won several international caps at Under-21 level during his younger years.