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Who wants to be a Euro millionaire?

The EuroJackpot lottery stands at a record-setting 29 million euros ($38.9 million) and the rules dictate that the jackpot must be paid out on January 25.

Who wants to be a Euro millionaire?

Friday is the 13th draw for the EuroJackpot, but it will prove lucky for some.

The jackpot has grown to a new record size after twelve rollovers, prompting a forced payout by the organisers.

At Lottoland.com, players can already preview the EuroJackpot lottery and purchase tickets for the 29 million euros draw.

Players from Sweden need not wait until next week when the EuroJackpot goes on sale at home, giving them chance to take part in Friday’s grand draw.

The following draw on February 1 will amount to the minimum 10 million euros after the forced payout.

The current record for a EuroJackpot payout stands at 26 million euros, won by a lucky German player in August 2012.

It’s worth noting that while the odds of winning the grand prize of the EuroJackpot are approximately one in 59 million, the EuroMillions odds are considerably longer at one in 117 million.

With 245 million residents in the expanded EuroJackpot countries, it’s only a matter of time before the EuroJackpot overtakes the EuroMillions lottery in terms of jackpot sizes and millionaires made.

Lottoland players can rest easy and follow their lottery dreams, safe in the knowledge that their jackpot winnings are fully underwritten and guaranteed.

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GAMBLING

Gambling addicts ‘not getting enough help’

Swedish health authorities have criticised the lack of help available in Sweden for gambling addiction, with many municipalities providing no resources at all to deal with the problem.

Despite recent figures suggesting that nearly 200,000 people in Sweden have some kind of gambling problem the institute has slammed local authorities for not spending enough money dealing with the problem.

At least 50 municipalities provide no treatment at all for compulsive gamblers according to Sweden’s National Institute for Public Health (Folkhälsoinstitutet).

“It is very serious for those who are addicted to gambling and for those who live with problem gamblers, Marie Risbäck, coordinator of problem gambling issues at the Institute, told Sveriges Radio (SR).

Gambling problems are especially prevalent among young men, where it is estimated that one in ten between the ages of 18-24 have issues to some degree with over 17 billion kronor ($2.5 billion) wasted just on Svenska Spel, ATG and other ostensibly Swedish betting operations.

Three years ago a survey showed that some 40 municipalities provided no help to those with gambling problems, and the situation has just got worse since, with even fewer resources being made available.

The Public Health Institute believes that the government on a national and local level is not taking responsibility for doing anything about it.

It has therefore called for a state run action plan for the prevention of problem gambling, clearer rules on betting advertising, and an increase in care and treatment to all those in need.

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