Homeless Hungarian man wins lotto with last few coins

A homeless Hungarian man who won the lotto with his last few coins is to set up a foundation for addicts and abused women with his winnings.

László Andraschek, who slept rough before his victory, picked just six numbers before being reminded by the shop assistant that he needed a seventh.

“I told her to make it 24 – it doesn’t matter, anyway,” he said.

Luckily, his pessimism was misplaced as he landed a jackpot of 630m Hungarian forint; approximately €2m.

Andraschek who previously struggled with alcoholism but has been sober for five years, plans to set-up a foundation to help fellow addicts.

He has also repaid all his debts, bought an apartment for each of his three children and bought a new car.

“I have become rich but I have not become a different person. I could buy a large-screen TV because I can afford it, but I won’t buy three because I can afford it,” he said.

Andraschek’s win came against the backdrop of protests outside Hungarian embassies in Europe — including Dublin — last week over the introduction of a new Hungarian law criminalising homelessness.


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