Tonight the national lottery jackpot is 100,000,000 euro!!! Yes one hundred MILLION euros.
I am not a gambler, but bel ragazzo and I 'started' to gamble the other week when the jackpot was 93,000,000 euro. Still no one has won...so now it's 100,000,000 and when it only costs 50 cents to play then you cannot say no!
Tonight I splashed out and spent 3 euro (I would love to know how much people are spending. I bet you some people are spending hunderds on buying a million tickets.)
I have never purchased a lotto ticket alone in Italy. I don't know the lotto lingo. The little tabacchi downstairs was full, literally over flowing with people, all on their mobile phones trying to guess the winning numbers. I was so excited and nervous I was not sure which form to take, but I spied over the shoulders of those carefully shielding their numbers.
The line was long, and slow. We were mostly all 'new gamblers' it seemed. No one knew what to do. I angered many people by taking my time at the counter as I tried to remember how to ask for computer generated numbers (Bel ragazzo had called and told me to ask for gia gioccato but the lady did not understand this phrase, or maybe the way I said it. In the end we got there when I asked for 'i numeri che il computer ha scelto.' (the numbers that the computer chose - yeah...I know...high tech wording!)
I chose 2 lots of 6 numbers and then had the computer selected the other 4 lots of 6 numbers. (We wanted to play the same numbers each week, but bel ragazzo is traipsing around the Calabrian countryside having a jolly old time and is away from his house and our old tickets. Oh well, this time we have new numbers, based on those we could remember from the old lot!)
It's so funny too as apparently lots of French people are crossing over the boarder and buying lotto tickets in the north of Italy!
No one can say no to the chance of winning 100,000,000 euro. I am trying not to go all crazy and let my mind wonder too much... but I cannot stop thinking about buying a small island...