- Title: SPAIN: Punter scoops a record 126 million euros on lottery
- Date: 11th May 2009
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 09, 2009) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF LOTTERY SHOP WHERE EUROMILLIONS WINNER BOUGHT TICKET SIGN ON SHOP READING: "STATE LOTTERY AND BETTING SHOP" LOTTERY SHOP EMPLOYEE, AGUSTIN MARCOS, PUTTING SIGN IN WINDOW, READING: "THE ONLY EUROMILLIONS WINNER 126,231,764 CLOSE OF SIGN (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOTTERY SHOP EMPLOYEE, AGUSTIN MARCOS, SAYING: "This week we noticed more tickets being bought. When the jackpot increases like that then you notice it. Despite the fact we are in a crisis people keep on playing." INTERIOR OF LOTTERY SHOP MARCOS ON PHONE MAN GOING IN TO BUY TICKET MAN SELECTING NUMBERS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED LOTTERY PLAYER SAYING "I will just keep on playing here. Thank you" PEOPLE BUYING LOTTERY TICKETS
- Embargoed: 26th May 2009 13:00
- Location: Spain
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA5MF1C0AUBUDIWCKWRU59FGWKN
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- Story Text: Spanish ticket holder wins over 126million euros in the Euromillions lottery.
A Euromillions ticket holder in Spain won the biggest ever lottery prize of over 126 million euros on Friday (May 8).
The sole winning ticket was bought at a shop in central Madrid and if owned by one person, as opposed to a syndicate, will set a new record for a single lump sum lottery win.
Agustin Marcos, who works at the shop, wished the winner luck, saying the record jackpot prize had brought a flurry of punters in to buy tickets.
"Despite the fact we are in a crisis people keep on playing,"
said Marcos after placing a sign in the shop window proudly displaying the winning sum 126,231,764 euros (169,187,666 USD).
. The winning numbers were 4, 23, 24, 29 and 31 and the luck stars 9 and
The previous largest lottery win was by a woman in Ireland, Delores McNamara, who won 115 million euros in July 2005.
Undeterred by losing out on Friday, people in Madrid reckon they could be on a winning streak.
"I will keep on playing here," said one man after buying his new lottery ticket.
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