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Britons go lotto loopy for £100m Euro Millions draw

Jan 26, 2006, 9:18 am

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Euro Millions

If one lucky player wins the Euro Millions jackpot tomorrow they will instantly become Britain's 458th richest person, alongside Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne.

According to figures from posh bankers Coutts & Co, they'll be earning around £12,300 a day in interest alone — that's £86,300 per week.

A Camelot spokeswoman said, "This is now the biggest lottery jackpot in Europe. We're in completely uncharted territory.

"We are obviously hoping for a UK winner — needless to say, there are going to be a lot of people on the edge of their seats all over Europe ahead of the draw on Friday."

The mammoth prize fund, which has rolled over 10 times since November 11, has sparked a spending frenzy in newsagents nationwide.

Ticket sales are up 600 per cent — at more than two million an hour. The excitement has spread across Europe, where the game is played in France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland.

Players must choose five numbers from 1-50, plus two lucky star numbers from 1-9. Picking all numbers correctly wins the jackpot.

The previous biggest winner is Dolores McNamara, 47, of Co Limerick, who won £77 million.

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