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SuperEnalotto jackpot sets new record

149.2 million euros up for grabs on Thursday

29 September, 12:21
SuperEnalotto jackpot sets new record (ANSA) - Rome, September 29 - No one picked the six lucky numbers in Tuesday night's draw and the jackpot for Italy's popular SuperEnalotto game has set a new all-time and European record The jackpot for Thursday's draw, currently the world's biggest, now stands at 149.2 million euros ($202.9 million).

The previous record was 147.8 billion euros ($201 million) won by a single better in Tuscany in August 2009.

Tuesday's draw was the 100th without a winner, also a new record.

The last win was in February when two slips split the game's second-biggest jackpot of 139.1 million euros. The world's second-biggest pot today is being offered by the Euro Millions game, 100 million euros ($136 million).

SuperEnalotto this month has taken in some 295 million euros, which works out to be 11.7 million euros a day or 490,000 euros an hour. The Treasury is the biggest winner in SuperEnalotto because it receives 49.5% of all bets made, far more than other national betting games which pay it between 20% and 25%.

This means the Treasury is currently raking in an average of 245,000 euros an hour from the game.

The pool itself receives 38% of bets, slip vendors receive 8% and game organizers Sisal take a 4.4% cut.

Last year SuperEnalotto raked in over 3.3 billion euros, which meant that the state pocketed some 1.6 billion euros.

The SuperEnalotto has a big advantage over many other games because it pays out the full prize and winners receive interest on the pot from the time they redeem their slips to when they receive complete payment, which usually takes two months for big payouts.

Winners of other games, like those in the United States, receive the pot in long-term instalments, which often work out to be more or less the interest on the capital won over a 20-year period, or a single, reduced prize.

In order to win at SuperEnalotto jackpot betters must pick the correct six numbers drawn from one to 90. Draws are held three times a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The game also offers a big payout for a so-called 5+1 win in which an extra, seventh number is drawn and can be matched up with any five of the six winning numbers.

SuperEnalotto also pays out minor prizes for five, four and three correct guesses.

Each six-number combination costs 50 cents with a minimum two-combination or one-euro bet.

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