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Jackpot of 15 million euro made the Greeks believe in their luck

11 April 2010 / 20:04:56  GRReporter
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Emanuela Karastoyanova

What else besides belief in the luck could make Athenians go out of their homes this Sunday earlier than usual and head before lunch for the neighborhood lottery stations? A jackpot of 15 million euro of course! Even though this amount seems unrealistically high, many residents of the capital did not hesitate to believe in their luck…

In spite of the initial skepticism of the employees in the lottery stations, that the inrush of people will not be so big found something different.

“Today people don’t stop coming. We have a lot of work. Everybody wants to try his luck for the jackpot. All kinds of people are coming” – Artemis explains, who is an employee of the lottery station on No. 66 Panepistimiou str. “A similar situation we had in December 2006-2007 in the New years’ eve when the jackpot announced was for 12 million euro. I remember that at that time many people played and the machines couldn’t process the information and the system blocked for about an hour” – she laughs.

Artemis is sure that she doesn’t remember a past time with such a high jackpot. Her colleague at the cash register is also sure about it. “Last week the jackpot was 12 million euro, however it was not given away and this is the reason why this weak it reached 15 million euro” – are explaining both of them.

15 million is really an amount which could make even the biggest skeptic think whether or not to believe in his luck. And the ones who believe in their luck are not at all few. (Because the crisis is a crisis, however the luck of a person is something else…). People do not stop entering in the lottery station. They enter, they reach their hand for the ticket with a Joker sign, take a pen and fall in deep concentration in the combination 5+1… They go out with a visible relief – if not else, at least they gave a shot to their luck.

The news about the record braking jackpot made a lot of foreigners also give the Joker a shot to change their lives. In the station on 66 Panepistimiou str. there are Russians, Ukrainians, Arabs, Pakistani focused in the 5+1 combination. According to Artemis the traffic will be big in throughout the entire day as the tickets could be filed until 20:30 o’clock.

“I came to fill in a ticket. For the jackpot of course. Let us see what will happen” – explains with a smile on his face one of the candidates for the 15 million this evening. “I have won small amounts, however it wouldn’t hurt to give a shot at my luck this evening”.


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