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Frenchman wins six million on ‘last spin’

A lucky gambler in eastern France took home the country’s second biggest casino cash prize – just 15 minutes before the casino closed, perhaps proving that “one last spin” can make all the difference.

The high roller, a 49-year-old father of two, was playing on a slot machine on Saturday night in the Casino Joa de Gérardmer in Vosges, eastern France, when he hit the jackpot, wrote the Ouest France newspaper.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, spent just €1.50 on the “bandit-manchot” slot-machine and pulled the lever just before 2.30 in the morning, winning almost €6 million in the process. The casino was due to close 15 minutes later.

As luck would have it, this late night spin won the “Magic Jackpot”, which totaled 5,875,836 euros – and is the second largest French casino windfall in history.

According to the official website, the “Magic Jackpot” is a progressive jackpot tied to nearly 300 slot machines in over one hundred casinos in France, all feeding one gigantic pot. The jackpot is responsible for the four biggest casino wins in French history, and was launched in September, 2009.

While Saturday’s 5.9 million comes in second place, it was just over a year ago that the record €9.4 million was won in March last year in Port-Crouesty. The pot has now dropped to 2,010,909 euros.

The winner, who lives some 30 kilometres from the casino, claims that the winnings will be used for spoiling his two children, something he has long wished to do.

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France bans matches from being shown on cafe terraces

In France's latest security measure to affect fans at the Euro 2016 tournament, cafés and bars have been banned from broadcasting games on outdoor screens.

Football fans on a Marseille terrace. Photo: AFP
France's secretary of state for Sports Thierry Braillard announced the move on Thursday, a day before the kick off for the month-long Euro 2016 tournament.
 
Due to the threat from terrorism French authorities want to avoid people from massing in crowds outside bars and cafes so have barred venues from broadcasting the Euro 2016 matches live on outdoor giant screens.
 
“The security forces just don't have the means to keep them safe,” he said of the country's countless terraces. 
 
“A game shown on a terrace comes with a crowd around the screen,” he told the BFMTV channel. “It's better to have a secure site that will allow thousands of people to gather in an organized fashion.”
 
Braillard'swords were later clarified by government sports minister Patrick Kanner, who said the ban would only refer to giant screens being set up.
 
Each of the host city will have a highly secured fan zone where people are urged to go to watch matches.
 
Braillard said that people can still watch the games in closed-off areas, such as inside the bars, but that it would be “impossible” to allow the games to be shown on the terraces. 
 
A senior police source said that bar terraces were “soft targets” and were of a particular concern for security forces. 
 
“The number of targets is infinite,” the police officer told L'Express newspaper. 
 
“It could be any bar where people are watching a game. Protecting all of them would be impossible.”
 
Bar and cafe terraces were one of the main targets during the November terror attacks in Paris, with terrorists opening fire on bar patrons at several locations across the city. 
 
The gunmen killed 39 people and injured hundreds in the November attacks on the bars and bistros, out of the 130 victims in total.
 
France is set to see an enormous focus on security for the Euro 2016 tournament, which kicks off on Friday night.
 
Around 90,000 police and security guards will be on hand for the event, with security at the stadiums and fan zones set to be extremely tight. 
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