No winners in $218M Italian lottery

Millions of Italians and foreigners failed again to pick the winning numbers in Italy's state lottery and the record jackpot climbed to 139.9 million euros ($218 million Cdn) after Monday's draw.

Millions of Italians and foreigners failed again to pick the winning numbers in Italy's state lottery and the record jackpot climbed to 139.9 million euros ($218 million Cdn) after Monday's draw.

No one has won the top prize since January and the odds of picking the lucky six-number combination in the SuperEnalotto game are about one in 622 million.

That's not cooling lotto fever.

With 136 million euros ($213 million) up for grabs ahead of Monday's draw, Italians lined up at lottery stands, joined by visitors from across Europe who crossed the border to try their luck.

Ticket buyers have been arriving from other countries, including France and Austria. On Sunday, 130 Germans flew on charter planes to Rimini, an Adriatic Sea resort popular with northern Europeans, to buy tickets. They had won free plane tickets in a German newspaper contest.

Last week, another planeload of hopeful Germans flew from Berlin to Milan in a similar promotion.