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August 24, 2009

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Mamma mia! What a lotto

A LOTTO player in Tuscany won Italy's record 147.8-million-euro (US$211.8-million) state lottery on Saturday, pocketing what has been billed as Europe's biggest jackpot.

The winning ticket was purchased in the Sisal Biffi coffee shop in Bagnone, a town of about 2,000 in the province of Massa Carrara near the Tuscan coast, lottery officials said.

In Italy, lotto winners rarely make themselves known.

The winning combination - 11, 27, 10, 79, 45, 88 - was selected after weeks of lotto fever that prompted tourists from around Europe to visit and play the SuperEnalotto game.

No one had won the top prize since January 31.

The biggest winner has been the Italian state, as players have spent more than 2 billion euros since the start of the year, and half of all the money played goes into state coffers.


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