Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

10.51 14 Aug 2019


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A record-breaking €209 million lottery jackpot has been won in Italy.

Yesterday's draw was the first time the SuperEnalotto jackpot was won in more than a year.

In June 2018, a syndicate of players took home a total of €51 million.

However, the past 14 months have seen the subsequent prize pot continue to climb - and it reached €100 million in February.

It rolled over to more than double that by the time the winning ticket was sold at a bar in the city of Lodi in northern Italy ahead of yesterday's draw.

La Repubblica reports that the winning ticket was a €2 quick pick.

The final jackpot overtakes the lottery's previous 2010 record of €177 million.

In a statement, operators SuperEnalotto said the next jackpot winner will also enjoy a substantial prize - with the jackpot for tomorrow's draw currently sitting at €50 million.

They explained: "A small percentage of the prize money is kept in reserve every time there is no winner in a draw to ensure the next jackpot is substantially funded, and the long run of rollovers has helped to build a sizeable pot."

In contrast to the SuperEnalotto jackpot, the EuroMillions game has an upper limit of €190 million - a prize which has been won three times since 2012.

Main image: File photo of Euro notes. Picture by: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/DPA/PA Images

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