Lotto fever hits as big German jackpot beckons

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14 December 2004, STUTTGART - The biggest jackpot in the 49-year history of Germany's lotto game has triggered a pre-Christmas gambling frenzy, with predictions that the money hoard could double by year's end. As word spread last week among punters, tickets began selling more briskly, quickly swelling the stake. There was disappointment on Saturday evening when the nationally televised draw produced nine winners with all six numbers right, but all missed the jackpot. A Lotto spokeswoman said the jackpot wa

14 December 2004

STUTTGART - The biggest jackpot in the 49-year history of Germany's lotto game has triggered a pre-Christmas gambling frenzy, with predictions that the money hoard could double by year's end.

As word spread last week among punters, tickets began selling more briskly, quickly swelling the stake. There was disappointment on Saturday evening when the nationally televised draw produced nine winners with all six numbers right, but all missed the jackpot.

A Lotto spokeswoman said the jackpot was likely to grow to EUR 25 million by the time of this Wednesday's draw.

The previous record in the game was set in September 1994, when a jackpot reached the level of EUR 21.6 million before four lucky winners cashed in.

Under the game's rules, if no one wins the jackpot in seven weeks, it must be shared among the first placegetters of the 15th draw, in this case on 8 January.

Players must correctly predict six numbers between 1 and 49. At the draw, a lucky number, between 0 and 9, is picked. The jackpot goes to the player with all six betting numbers right as well as a ticket number that ends with the lucky number.

"This could go well above EUR 50 million this time," predicted Klaus Sattler, a Lotto official in Stuttgart. "It's getting like America," he added, in a reference to some of the very high wins achieved in similar US lotteries.

The tickets are sold in thousands of small shops around Germany, over the internet and through mobile phones.

Television channels in Germany were this week suggesting what a winner this week could do with EUR 25 million, such as buying a French chateau, a EUR one million Bugatti Veyron 16.4 to park outside, and a yacht and jet. 

As a selfless alternative, it proposed sponsoring the education of 4,000 homeless children in poor countries.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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