Record lottery jackpot of 209m euros won in Italy

14 Aug 2019 / 16:46 H.

ROME: A lucky ticket-holder in Italy has won the country’s biggest ever lottery jackpot of 209 million euros (RM 978.9 million), the Superenalotto organisers said Wednesday.

The winner has to pick six correct numbers between 1 and 90 - something no one had done since June 2018.

But a ticket bought for two euros at a bar in the northern city of Lodi near Milan had the correct result for Tuesday night’s draw of 7, 32, 41, 59, 75 and 76.

The winner had chosen the numbers at random from a lottery machine at the bar.

“How can we know who bought it... There was a constant flow today, people were coming in and asking for a ticket at random. And I printed it (the winning ticket), I printed it,“ the bar’s manager, Guglielmo Poggi, told Italian media.

The previous Superenalotto record was 177 million euros, won in October 2010.

The new record also surpasses that of Euromillions, where the jackpot is limited to 190 million euros. That amount has been won three times - in Britain in August 2012, in Portugal in October 2014 and in Spain in October 2017.

In the US state of South Carolina, one person, who has remained anonymous, won a jackpot of US$1.537 billion (RM 6.4 billion) in the country’s Mega Millions draw. — AFP

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