A 21-year-old university student, online poker player Oleg Lichii of Chisinau, Moldavia, was randomly chosen to win an entry into the PokerStars European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event by tracking and analysis software provider PokerTracker.
The Main Event package is valued at €4,600 and includes €2,000 for travel expenses, accommodations and spending cash while in Sanremo, Italy. The Sanremo Main Event takes place April 14-20.
Lichii said, “When I downloaded the demo version I saw the information about the Sanremo trip for some lucky guy, so I decided to register. I wasn't expecting to win, since I've never won any kind of lottery, but when I saw the message I couldn't believe my eyes and my dream actually came true. Thank you, PokerTracker!”
He almost missed his opportunity when the notification email regarding his win went straight to spam. He had 72 hours to respond and with the lack of response, PokerTracker was required to select another random winner under the rules of the promotion.
Lichii found the email and it must have been written in the stars because the new winner had also failed to respond awarding him with the grand prize.
“It was a sweat to the finish,” said Steven McLoughlin of PokerTracker. “We couldn't be happier for him and we hope he thoroughly enjoys Sanremo and wins the EPT Sanremo Main Event.”