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Punters Eye 15 Million Euro Lottery Jackpot

11 February 2004

PARIS, France – As reported by the Agence France Presse: "Britons with a gambling streak are eyeing a 15-million-euro ($19.21 million) jackpot on offer in a new joint lottery that is to have its first drawing this week -- on the superstitious date of Friday the 13th.

"The event, known as 'Euro Millions', is the fruit of cooperation between Britain, France and Spain's national lottery operators that took a decade to put together but which could rapidly expand across the European Union to become of the world's biggest games of chance.

"…Tickets cost a minimum of two euros (US$2.56) and boast odds of one in 24 of landing some sort of prize.

"Coupons are filled out with at least five numbers and two stars on a grid, with numbers hidden under the stars. To increase their chances, players can pick up to nine numbers or nine stars, or have a computer pick the numbers for them.

"…If no one wins the first prize in any of the three countries, it will roll over to the following week and carry on growing until someone hits the jackpot…"

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