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15 friends win $147mn jackpot

world Updated: Sep 21, 2009 00:51 IST

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Fifteen friends from a sleepy village in southern France won a lottery jackpot of 100 million euros ($147 million).

Venelles, a village of 8,000 people near Aix-en-Provence, was brimming with excitement on Sunday over news that the largest EuroMillions lottery prize ever won in France went to locals.

"The winners are people from Venelles, people who get up early in the morning and work hard," said Mayor Jean-Pierre Saez.

The mayor said he could not provide details about the winners for "obvious security reasons" but added "I'm happy that these are good people".

Lottery officials announced Saturday that the winning ticket had been bought in southern France and would be shared among 15 winners. The draw for the nine country pan-European lottery took place Friday.

Two years ago, seven men and a women from the same area won 27.4 million euros in EuroMillions.