Three share record German lottery jackpot
6th December 2007 , One of the winners was the holder of a ticket given away free by a national newspaper ahead of Wednesday evening's draw. The other winners came from the north and east of Germany.
6th December 2007
One of the winners was the holder of a ticket given away free by a national newspaper ahead of Wednesday evening's draw. The other winners came from the north and east of Germany.
Each shared a prize of 15.1 million euros for picking six correct numbers (9 - 10 - 24 - 28 - 39 - 42) from a field of 49 and matching a "super" number with one on their lottery card.
Poles and Danes had earlier flocked into Germany to join crowds who gambled 135 million euros (198 million dollars) in the hope of winning the biggest jackpot ever offered in Germany's Lotto game.
Officials said 20 million tickets were played, including bets on the internet.
The German newspaper Bild declared Wednesday evening that the jackpot combination had been on one of 24 ticket blocks worth 6,000 euros each which it had given away in a readership promotion scheme.
It did not identify the recipient, who came from the northern state of Lower Saxony.
Though the chance of a big win was only 1 in 140 million, hordes of German non-gamblers took part in the twice-weekly game.
Queues built up at Lotto counters in areas bordering Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and France as word of Germany's richest pot ever spread.
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