In the iPhone version of a lottery, Apple was ready to celebrate when it reached 25 billion apps downloaded. That milestone was reached when Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China, chose to download the free version of Disney’s Where’s My Water?

The lucky iPhone owner was awarded a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card and a tiny place in digital entertainment history. Where’s My Water? (pictured) is a physics-based game in which players have to overcome multiple and sometimes strange obstacles that keep the water from reaching Swampy’s shower.

Apple said that there are now more than 315 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices worldwide, and there are over 550,000 apps in the Apple’s App Store available in 123 countries around the world.

At least 14 million of those iPhones are on China Mobile, according to the carrier’s chairman Wang Jianzhou, which is interesting since China Mobile’s 3G does not yet officially support the iPhone.

“We’d like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25 billion apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users.”

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  1. 25 billion apps downloaded is an incredible milestone to reach. It’s also a huge milestone for Disney and its Where’s My Water? app. Of course, it’s probably most exciting for the recipient of the $10,000 iTunes credit. I’d be interested to see how long it takes her to use the entire card’s value, and if it will be more or less time than it took Apple to cross this milestone.

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