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Europe was gripped with lottery fever last week, as the jackpot in Italy's Superenalotto soared. Tourists from neighboring countries were visiting Italy for the sole purpose of buying tickets and dreaming about hitting that huge prize.
The state-run Superenalotto game challenges entrants to pick six correct numbers out of a total of 90 numbers. The odds of picking the correct numbers is approximately 1 in 622,614,630. No one had beat those odds since January of 2009, which is why the jackpot rose so high.
The name of the Bagnone resident who won the life-changing lottery prize has not been released. However, the BBC article Hunt on for Italy lottery winner says that the "candidates include a woodcutter, builder and shopkeeper."
If the winner chooses to stay in Bagnone, the influx of money could make a big difference for the small town. In any case, the town is celebrating with free-flowing champagne and parties continuing long into the night.
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