A Frenchman in his thirties has made a dream start to 2022 by winning €2.6 million on a casino slot machine after playing a two-euro coin.
The man, described as an “occasional player” by the operator of the Saint-Amand-les-Eaux casino in northern France, hit the jackpot while playing on Sunday night.
A so-called Mega-pot of prize money is available on 175 slot machines linked up in 38 French casinos run by the Partouche group, with 31 people winning more than a million euros each in the last 10 years.
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#Jackpot ! Le #Mégapot a trouvé son #millionnaire ! Son montant exceptionnel de 2 626 909,12€ est tombé au #PasinoStAmand ce dimanche 02 janvier 2022 ! Félicitations à notre heureux gagnant !! #Casino #Partouche #Stamandleseaux pic.twitter.com/cZnLX9YjPq
— Pasino de St Amand (@casinostamand) January 2, 2022
Sunday night’s winner, who has not been identified, walked away with €2.626 million.
Gambling is tightly regulated in France because of the dangers of addiction and financial losses, with advertisers required to warn consumers about the risks and banned from targeting children.