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In Italy most important jackpot in the world

The popularity of Italy's popular SuperEnalotto has become international thanks to a whopping jackpot of 131.5 million euros, the highest ever in Europe.

Italians have for months been trying to guess the winning six-number combination and now not only are tourists here trying their luck, but people from neighboring countries are swarming across the border to place their bets.

After offering the biggest jackpot in the world for many weeks running, SuperEnalotto had been dethroned and the biggest pot in the world today is the one offered by Powerball, a game played in 20 of the 50 American states, an astounding $213 million or just over 149 million euros.

However, the Italian game has a big advantage over the American one 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 full payment, which usually takes two months for big payouts.

Winners of the American game, on the other hand, 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.

Furthermore, SuperEnalotto winners can, and usually do, remain anonymous.

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

by S. C.
14 august 2009, World News > Italy