French win of 42 million euros in EuroMillions draw

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A French ticketholder, who was the only player with all seven correct numbers in Friday's EuroMillions draw, will pocket over 42 million euros, lottery organisers said on Saturday.

The win of 42,218,533 euros is the eighth biggest ever in the EuroMillions lottery in France.

The unidentified winner validated his ticket in the northwest department of Sarthe and has 60 days to claim his winnings.

EuroMillions tickets are sold in Austria, Britain, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

The biggest ever win was by a Spanish woman on May 8, 2009, who scooped a colossal 126.2 million euros.

The first draw was on February 13, 2004 in the three founder countries, Britain, France, and Spain, joined by the other six in 2004.

In 2009 EuroMillions recorded stakes of five billion euros, six percent up on the previous year, 21 percent in France, the country which leads the betting.

Each player has one chance in 76,275,360 of correctly guessing the five right numbers plus the Lucky Star numbers.

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