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EuroMillions lottery site hacked

The French site for EuroMillions lottery has been hacked, with its homepage replaced by a passage from the Koran condemning gambling.

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A person fills in a EuroMillions lottery grid on August 7, 2012, in the northern city of Lille. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The French site for EuroMillions lottery has been hacked, with its homepage replaced by a passage from the Koran condemning gambling.

The hackers, calling themselves "Moroccanghosts," posted the message in Arabic and French, reported BBC News. The Koran verses quoted call gambling and alcohol "works of the devil" intended to turn people away from God. The message appeared on the site late Sunday morning and by Sunday evening was gone, but the site was still unavailable.

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According to Agence France-Presse, the French version of the message said: "Oh you believers. Wine, games of chance, statues all augur impurity and are the work of the devil."

Gambling and alcohol are forbidden in Islam, noted RFI. France has an estimated four million Muslims, the largest Islamic population in western Europe.

The Française des Jeux (FDJ), which runs EuroMillions in France, said in a statement that the pages affected were in "the process of being put back up," according to BBC. It also said that none of its games had been compromised by the attack.

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EuroMillions lottery was launched in 2004 and is now played across nine countries in western Europe: Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, reported AFP. Tuesday's jackpot is worth 100 million euros.

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