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Winner has 360m reasons to be happy

A CHINESE lottery player has won the country's largest individual lottery prize -- nearly 360 million yuan (US$52.7 million).

The unidentified buyer from Anyang City in central China's Henan Province reaped the prize after buying 44 identical "Double Color Ball" tickets issued by the China Welfare Lottery at a cost of 176 yuan on Thursday, the provincial welfare lottery center said.

The buyer chose the same two sets of two-digit numbers on each ticket, which brought his total number of stakes to 88.

A total of 93 top prizes were awarded in Thursday's lottery. The other five winners were from Shanghai, Beijing, Heilongjiang, Guangxi and Shaanxi.

The previous lottery record was held by a player in Jiayuguan in northwest China's Gansu Province who won 113.8 million yuan in November 2007.

The welfare lottery center in Henan has held a meeting to discuss how to best protect the winner's privacy and ensure his or her safety.


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