Sunday, May 10, 2009

Lotto winner scores record $223 million - 9th May 2009

A Spaniard has won the record jackpot of €126,231,764 ($223.87 million) in the Euro Millions lottery, smashing the record held for nearly four years by an Irish woman.

The as yet unnamed player, who could if he wanted buy two Airbus A-320 jets, was the only one to tick the five correct numbers (4, 23, 24, 29, 31) and two stars (8, 9) and win the huge jackpot draw in Paris.

The previous record in the lottery, run by nine European countries, had been held since July 2005 by Dolores McNamara of Gallyowen near Limerick in southwest Ireland, who took home €115,436,126.

Friday's winner beat odds of 76 million to one to win the equivalent of four years' salary by David Beckham, the world's best paid footballer.

Euro Millions, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, brings together France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Austria.

The jackpot begins at €15 million each week but is rolled over if there is no winner.

The world record for a game of chance is $US390 million ($516.73 million), split by two winners of the super jackpot in the American Mega Millions lottery in March 2007.

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