French gamblers bet Friday 13 is lucky day

13th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 13, 2006 (AFP) - Millions of French gamblers were hoping Friday 13 would prove lucky for some with two record jackpots worth more than EUR 115 million up for grabs.

PARIS, Jan 13, 2006 (AFP) - Millions of French gamblers were hoping Friday 13 would prove lucky for some with two record jackpots worth more than EUR 115 million up for grabs.

After several weeks with no winner, the jackpot in the Euro Millions lottery, launched exactly two years ago in France, Spain and Britain, has ballooned to almost EUR 103 million.

The European lottery has now spread to include nine countries, with punters attracted by the often huge jackpots.

The chances of choosing five right numbers plus two starred numbers are one in 76 million, but Irish mother-of-six Dolores McNamara, pocketed a cool EUR 115,436,126 in July, becoming the Euro Millions top winner to date.

And in September, an out-of-work Tunisian father and his son, living in France, scooped nearly EUR 76 million, a record amount in France.

Hopeful French punters can also try to double their luck by buying a ticket to the Super Loto, organised every Friday 13, which this year is offering a EUR 15 million jackpot.

The biggest winner however is sure to be the Super Loto organisers, the company Française des Jeux, which sees business soar some 26 percent every Friday 13 week, as well as the French finance ministry which last year pocketed some five billion euros in taxes imposed on all forms of gaming and gambling.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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