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Italian store owner who reportedly stole €500,000 lottery ticket blocked from leaving country
Police still on the hunt for top prize-winning lottery ticket By Kate Northrop An Italian shopkeeper just narrowly missed escaping the country after he was accused of stealing a winning scratch-off lottery ticket worth 500,000 (US$592,385) from a customer. The owner of a tobacco store in Naples ran off with a top prize-winning lottery ticket he allegedly swiped from a customer looking to verify the ticket's win, but he claims there is more to the story than meets the eye. On Friday,
Sep 7, 2021, 4:25 pm - Lottery News

Cash-strapped church in Italy asks parishoners for lottery tickets
A cash-strapped parish in northern Italy has come up with a controversial idea to help it raise funds, by asking parishioners to give scratch cards instead of the customary monetary offer during mass. Churchgoers will be told about the scheme, called 'scratch and win', during masses this weekend after it was announced on a flyer affixed to the door of San Martino in Cigola, near Brescia. We all know we need help, read the flyer. So with a smile and without making givers uncomfortable or i
Oct 19, 2015, 10:53 am - Lottery News

Mobster caught by tracing lottery ticket
A notorious Italian mobster who dodged justice for 20 years was reportedly finally under lock and key overnight after he was traced via a lottery ticket. Convicted double killer Riccardo Piras went on the run in the late 1980s before he could be locked up for life for the brutal murders of two drug dealers. One victim's corpse was reportedly dissolved in acid, while the other was tossed on a garbage dump as a chilling warning to rival gangs. Piras, 59, evaded capture for two decades but
Dec 9, 2010, 7:33 am - Lottery News

Italian villager wins record $210M lottery jackpot
A resident of the castle-topped Tuscan village of Bagnone won more than 147 million (US$210.6 million) in Europe's biggest lottery jackpot, and seemed intent on trying to stay unknown. The winner bought the ticket for 2 at a bar in the central Italian town of 2,000, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Florence. The lucky inhabitant, who has yet to come forward, can choose to remain anonymous and has 90 days to claim the cash. Local residents popped bottles of sparkling wine at the
Aug 25, 2009, 3:04 pm - Lottery News

Italy Is a 'Mad House' for Lottery
Neophytes do it. Financially pinched town councils do it. Even people who usually shun gambling as a cunning ruse for the state to raise taxes do it. With a record 119 million (US$177 million) jackpot at stake in Italy's state lottery, millions have been gripped by lotto fever. It's become a bit of a mad house, said Paolo Valli, owner of the neighborhood Bar del Pino in southern Rome, where the number of wagers has tripled in the past month for the SuperEnalotto, which has not registered
Aug 7, 2009, 8:31 am - Lottery News

Long-awaited lottery number comes up
A long-awaited lottery number, whose failure to be drawn in nearly two years was blamed for suicides and other family tragedies, finally made its appearance in Venice in Italy's highly popular lotto game.Frenzy over the number, 53, which was drawn in Venice's lottery Wednesday evening, had driven countless Italians to spend large sums on the biweekly lotteries, convinced, every time, the number would be picked out of the basket.Venice is one of several cities which participate in the lotto, and
Feb 10, 2005, 2:00 pm - Lottery News

Pensioner woozy after near-win lottery saga
An Italian pensioner felt faint and had to be taken to hospital when he realised he had forgotten to hand in a lottery ticket that could have won him 66-million (US$73.4 million). He was so busy organising his daughter's wedding that he forgot to take his slip to the lottery office when Europe's biggest-ever jackpot was up for grabs last week. When he realised he had guessed the correct six-figure number, he felt faint and had to be admitted to a hospital near Rome, Italian news agencies s
Aug 20, 2003, 3:21 am - Lottery News

Record Italian Jackpot Scooped by Single Ticket
One lucky gambler won Europe's biggest-ever jackpot on Wednesday, pocketing nearly 66 million euros (US$75 million) and ending an almost six-month Italian lottery drought. Italy's lottery officials did not name the person who had correctly picked the six numbers in Wednesday's Super Enalotto but said the winning ticket had been bought in a bar in the northern Italian town of Veduggio con Colzano, near Milan.The day before the six-number draw, ticket sales in Italy had been up 25 percent from a w
Aug 13, 2003, 2:00 pm - Lottery News

$71m jackpot frenzy hits Italy
Lottery fever is gripping people throughout Italy, as the possibility of winning the jackpot worth 63 million euros ($71.4 million) looms nearer. After the jackpot eluded Italians again on Wednesday, the next chance to correctly pick the winning six numbers will come on Saturday.Wednesday night's draw of the hugely popular numbers-picking game offered a jackpot of 58.5 million euros ($66.6 million), but the top prize eluded players for the 43rd straight time.The prize up for grabs Wednesday nigh
Aug 8, 2003, 2:58 am - Lottery News

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