Turin man wins €471,000 on a slot machine

A 57-year-old office worker hit the jackpot after slotting just one coin into the Pharoah Golden Treasure machine at a Turin betting shop.

Turin man wins €471,000 on a slot machine
The office worker from Turin won €471,000 on a slot machine. Photo: bowenmurphy/Flickr

Although La Stampa did not reveal his name, he told the newspaper that after some “cautious” celebration in the shop, he worked out a way of breaking the news to his wife, fearing she would scold him for betting.

“The screen lit up and told me I had won; I could not restrain a cry of joy,”  he said.

“Even now, I can’t believe it…I’m not a fan of these machines, but every now and then you try your luck.”

Marco Discepolo, the betting shop manager, said he hopes the jackpot winner remembers him too. “We have no right to a percentage [of the winnings], but in any case, I’m happy. The money has gone to a good man.”

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Turin chosen to host Eurovision Song Contest in 2022

The next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2022 will be held in the northern Italian city of Turin, organisers confirmed on Friday.

Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP

“Turin has won the race to become the host city of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, having triumphed over 16 other competing bids,” read a statement on the contest’s official website.

“The Grand Final will be held in PalaOlimpico on Saturday 14 May with Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.”

“We won! Turin has won!” mayor Chiara Appendino wrote in a celebratory post on Facebook.

Italian state broadcaster Rai said Turin had beaten off competition from the cities of Milan, Bologna, Rimini and Pesaro to host the event.

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Turin will be the third Italian city to host the event after Naples (which hosted in 1965) and Rome (1991), after Rome-based rock band Måneskin’s victory in Rotterdam earlier this year with the song ‘Zitti e buoni’.

That event, watched by 183 million people, was Italy’s third Eurovision win and its first for three decades.

‘Turin is the perfect Host City for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest,” said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl.

“As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the City of Turin who will welcome thousands of fans next May.”

“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our Host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special one.’

Turin was home to the 2006 Winter Olympics and is hosting the ATP Finals tennis tournament next month.