Rush in Germany for ultimate lotto jackpot
23 November 2007, Stuttgart - The richest jackpot of the year in Germany's lotto game is setting off a rush among gamblers to be in to win, organizers said in Stuttgart Friday.
23 November 2007
Stuttgart - The richest jackpot of the year in Germany's lotto game is setting off a rush among gamblers to be in to win, organizers said in Stuttgart Friday.
"Right now it's still steady, but you'll see the big surge on Saturday," said Klaus Sattler of the Baden-Wuerttemberg state lotteries board in Stuttgart, which is part of the national lotto consortium.
In the German capital, Thomas Dumke of Lotto Berlin said, "We call them the jackpot players: occasional players who only get involved when they can win a really big stash."
The winner must select six right numbers from a field of 49 and also guess a "super-bowl" number to claim the 26-million-euro (38-million-dollar) jackpot at the Saturday night draw.
"Plays will be up 20 per cent," Sattler predicted, going on past experience. That would mean about a quarter of the entire German population, or 20 million people, playing.
The jackpot has snowballed after failing to find an owner in nine successive draws.
"If the punters miss out this weekend, we'll have the second-highest German lotto jackpot of all time," said Sattler.
Germany's record jackpot was the 37 million euros won on October 7 last year by a 41-year-old father of three. He said he would keep his job as a hospital nurse and hide the money in the bank.
Subject: German news