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Italians prepare for record-breaking lotto draw

11/08/09 19:02 CET

Just one more lotto – give it to me! The cry of millions of Italians as the country’s Superenalotto gets ready for a record-breaking draw of 127.5 million euros. With the prospect of bagging Europe’s biggest ever lottery payout tonight, they have been scooping last minute tickets from Palermo to Pompeii.

Choosing six numbers between 1 and 90 means the top prize is often not won – so monster rollover jackpots are not uncommon. They are lotto-potto in Italy spending a reported 27-billion euros a year on trying to beat the balls. Football-mad punter Stefano Curzi said: “Do you know what I’d do with tonight’s jackpot? I’d buy Zlatan Ibrahimovic.” The Swedish striker has just moved from Inter Milan to Barcelona, but were Stefano to tempt him back with his whopping winnings, it is unlikely he would see much change.
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