French region toasts third jackpot winner this year
PARIS - Agence France-Presse
AFP photoResidents of Calvados, a part of France best known for its apple brandy of the same name, were Monday raising a glass to the area's third huge win on the Euro Millions lottery in a year.
A ticket-holder from the area is in line to collect a cheque for 47.6 million euros ($60 million) after correctly picking all seven numbers that came up in Friday night's rollover draw.
A Calvados family collected a cheque for 162 million euros in September 2011 and that win was followed in January when another local shared a 73 million euro payout with a Spanish pundit.
Organisers of the Euro Millions lottery calculate the odds of a single player selecting all seven numbers required to trigger a jackpot at one in 116 million.
Created in 2004, the lottery is played in nine European countries: Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.