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Olympics and Lotto – Both Historic Institutions – July 25th, 2012

Lottery fans may not realise just how much in common their favourite draws have with the ancient Olympic Games – as both historic institutions have international appeal and have been popular for centuries.

With just two days to go until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is interesting to compare both the lotto and the sporting event, especially since the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle draw on opening night (July 27th) is going to capture an audience as wide as the Games itself.

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Historical records show the first ancient Olympic Games were held in 776 BC and the athletics tournament remains the world’s biggest sporting event with the hype surrounding the build-up, the characters and the prizes echoing the same sort of attention the media showers the lottery with.

Even though its history does not encompass millennia like the Olympics, the France Loto does have origins going back more than half a century to 1505, although the first medieval draw did not represent the sort of game design the France Loto currently sports.

Fellow European game the Spanish La Primitiva also has an impressive pedigree, with this draw dating back to December 10th 1763.

Indeed, the name La Primitiva is a nod to this lotto’s longevity and the twice-weekly draw is still very much enjoyed across Spain and throughout the online lottery world today.

Another historic Spanish Lottery is the Spanish El Gordo – or “Fat One” – which can be dated back to 1763 also, but the country’s national lottery made its official debut in 1812 and is currently featured on theSmart list on theLotter for fans who like to play with the cost-to-benefit ratio in mind.

But fans who want to get in the spirit of the Olympics by playing the lottery can do so by entering the UK EuroMillions draw scheduled for the event’s opening night.

Not only is there a £105 million jackpot to be won after last night’s (July 24th) rollover but 100 people will be made overnight millionaires as the lotto is selecting 100 ticketholders in its special Olympic EuroMillions UK Millionaire raffle draw.

This will break lotto records by making the most millionaires in a single draw and might help the European lottery secure a place in the history books, just like the Olympics.

Picture courtesy of London 2012