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Italy: Lawsuit Seeks to End Large Lottery Payoff

(Oct. 23, 2008) Codacons, a consumer rights organization in Italy, has filed suit against the Italian lottery, with the goal of having the current large jackpot divided into several smaller pots for separate lotteries. No date has yet been set for the hearing.

No one has won the Italian lottery prize since April 2008, and the amount at stake has grown to €95 million (about US$125 million). With such a large sum involved, people have been buying tickets in great quantities for the thrice weekly drawings. Codacons argues that the betting fever that has set in has led many people to spend their life savings on the contest. The lottery earns the equivalent of about one billion dollars for the Italian government each year. (Duncan Kennedy, Bid to End Italy's Lotto Fever, BBC NEWS, Oct. 21, 2008, available at