Lotto Fever in Europe Ahead of Possible Record Draw - Wednesday 1st of February 2006

PARIS, France As reported by Agence France Presse: "Europe was swept with lotto fever ahead of a prize draw in the international Euromillions lottery which could see a record jackpot of 146 million euros (178 million dollars).

"Lottery operators in several countries including Austria, Britain, France, Ireland and Portugal reported a rush to buy tickets in time for the evening draw at 2130 GMT in Paris.

"The jackpot in the weekly draw has not been won since early November, which means the prize has been accumulating for 10 weeks.

"British operator Camelot said a winner on Friday could take home the world's biggest ever single pay-out..."

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