Spanish ticket wins $169 million in lottery

Sat May 9, 2009 5:55pm EDT
 
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MADRID (Reuters) - A lottery player in Spain has won 126 million euros ($169 million), the biggest ever European jackpot for a single ticket, lottery organizer EuroMillions said on Saturday.

The winner of the Friday night draw conquered odds of 76 million to one to snare the windfall which ballooned after the jackpot was not won in the previous six weekly draws.

"The record for a single win in EuroMillions is believed to have been broken when Friday's sixth-rollover draw was won by a single ticket holder," EuroMillions said on its website about the game which pools stakes from nine European lotteries.

In 2005 Irish woman Dolores McNamara won 115 million euros on the game.

The Madrid lottery shop which sold the winning ticket said business was brisk all week as punters saw the jackpot rising. "It was us who got the prize," said Ana Maria Rincon, who runs The Black Cat lottery kiosk on the city's Alcala Street.

"We don't know anything about the winner or their nationality. It could have been a tourist or from someone outside Madrid because we are right in the center of the city."

The winning numbers were 4, 29, 23, 31, 24 and the Lucky Stars 9 and 8. The total jackpot was 126,231,764 euros.

(Reporting by Raquel Castillo and Vanessa Romeo; Writing by

Ben Harding; Editing by Sophie Hares)

 
<p>Agustin Marcos, an employee of the Black Cat lottery kiosk in central Madrid, points to a sign reading "Sole Winner of Euro Millions 126.231.764" in Madrid, May 9, 2009. A lottery player in Spain has won 126 million euros ($169 million), the biggest ever European jackpot for a single ticket, lottery organiser EuroMillions said on Saturday. The winner of the Friday night draw conquered odds of 76 million to one to snare the windfall which ballooned after the jackpot was not won in the previous six weekly draws. The winning numbers were 4, 29, 23, 31, 24 and the Lucky Stars 9 and 8. The total jackpot was 126,231,764 euros. REUTERS/Paul Hanna</p>