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Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Two lucky win­ners from Pella, Mace­do­nia, and Corinth, Pelo­pon­nese shared last week’s near-record Joker prize of 18.4 mln euros, the sec­ond big­gest pay­out ever by the re­cently pri­va­tised OPAP gaming gi­ant. Nearly 5 mln pun­ters in Greece and Cyprus chal­lenged their luck after 15 con­sec­u­tive jackpots since Septem­ber 11 and the to­tal amount placed in bets was almost 40 mln euros. The lucky num­bers that in­stantly changed the two win­ners’ lives and made them richer by 9.2 mln euros each were: 9, 14, 20, 24, 30 and the Joker num­ber was 16. This is the sec­ond largest Joker amount ever awarded in Greece, after the 19.2 mln prize that three peo­ple split in April 2010. In 2006, three win­ners shared 14 mln euros, while in Jan­uary 2009, one per­son won the 11 mln euro jack­pot, the largest sum awarded to a sin­gle player. The two play­ers bet 10 and 11 euros and ac­cord­ing to the bet shop own­ers in Pella and Corinth, they did not even pick the lucky num­bers on their own and al­lowed the OPAP ma­chines to pick a ran­dom num­ber.

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