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Homeless man wins Hungary's biggest-ever lottery

Feb 17, 2014, 12:27 pm

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Uses winnings on foundation for addicts and abused

Unemployed, in debt and facing another year living on the streets in Hungary, László Andraschek spent his last remaining coins on a lottery ticket. Now the formerly homeless man has a choice of accommodation around the world after becoming one of Hungary's biggest lottery winners, with a prize of about $2.8 million.

Andraschek, whose 630m Hungarian forint win last September went unnoticed until he made a significant donation to a hostel for the homeless this month, said buying the ticket was a chance decision at a railway station on his way to Budapest for a workshop for recovering alcoholics.

"I had only picked six numbers and the female shop assistant reminded me that I needed to pick a seventh," he said. "I told her to make it 24 — it doesn't matter, anyway."

But he was wrong and now plans to use his winnings to establish a foundation for addicts and women abused by their husbands.

The 55-year-old resident of Gyor, north-west Hungary, said his first act was to repay his debts, before cycling to a car dealer. "When the car salesman asked me how much I would be willing to spend, I held up three fingers. As I had arrived on a bike he assumed this meant 300,000 forints, but actually I meant 3m."

As neither he nor his wife can drive, the car will be driven only by his children.

Andraschek has since bought flats for each of his three children, paid off the debts of his relatives and is planning to travel to Italy, having not previously held a passport.

He and his wife, Anikó, said they will invest their money cautiously and avoid the ruinous spending splurges of many a lottery winner. "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."

Having struggled with alcoholism, Andraschek finally quit five years ago and says he "now has no need to return".

The news of Andraschek's dramatic upturn in fortunes came as human rights activists organised a wave of protests worldwide against a new Hungarian law that bans sleeping rough, in a country that has 30,000 homeless people. Last week alone, demonstrations were held in front of Hungarian embassies and consulates in London, Paris, New York, Vienna, Lisbon, Dublin, Brussels, Essen and Istanbul. Next weekend a Hungarian NGO run by homeless people, A Város Mindenkié (The City is for All), will stage another protest in Budapest against the law, which threatens those living on the streets with a fine or imprisonment.

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dr65's avatar - black panther.jpg
United States
Member #74094
May 2, 2009
24135 Posts

The best kind of winner! One down and out.

I'm happy for him and may he have fun spending it on whatever he sees fit. You only live once.

And for the comments that will come along the lines of: he will be broke in a couple years/months, he will start

drinking again, or he will give it all away taking care of family and friends....remember, it is his and he won it.

His situation before winning could happen to any of us and whatever his life becomes after winning can happen

to any of us too...good or bad.

WTG Andraschek!

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    maringoman's avatar - images q=tbn:ANd9GcTbRxpKQmOfcCoUqF2FyqIOAwDo7rg9G-lfJLAALPGWJWwiz19eRw
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    Member #37432
    April 14, 2006
    2747 Posts

    Nice catch! I'm hoping he'll stretch this money as far out as possible. No more homelessness. I have to wonder though where his wife and kids were before he won this money. Had they abandoned him? I hope not.

    That money's gone fo ever

      helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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      Member #106661
      February 22, 2011
      19967 Posts

      Congratulations Mr on your BIG WIN Spend WiselyParty


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        Member #152523
        February 17, 2014
        24 Posts

        That's awesome, congratulations

          Chasing $ Millions.
          White Shores- California
          United States
          Member #136473
          December 12, 2012
          6336 Posts

          Nice catch! I'm hoping he'll stretch this money as far out as possible. No more homelessness. I have to wonder though where his wife and kids were before he won this money. Had they abandoned him? I hope not.

          My thoughts exactly.  Plus l wonder what the cost of living is in Hngary? Nevertheless- more power to thus guy.
          All good things come to those who wait,  its been said.  Glad his ship finally came in. That's a Gloria moment.

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            Member #142495
            May 13, 2013
            1391 Posts

            Nice catch! I'm hoping he'll stretch this money as far out as possible. No more homelessness. I have to wonder though where his wife and kids were before he won this money. Had they abandoned him? I hope not.

            That's the $2.8 million dollar question. I could understand if he were still drinking, but if he stopped 5 years ago, why did the family and friends he's now taking care of, have him living on the streets, risking imprisonment??? 

            Other than that headscratcher, good for him. Sounds like the dollar really stretches over there and he seems like a decent, generous guy, so I hope he'll be comfortable for the rest of his life.

              Igamble's avatar - spider
              United States
              Member #145653
              August 10, 2013
              1023 Posts

              yea really nice story this one.Happy for this guy that he has the power now to change many things in the  lives of many ppl.

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                Member #148671
                November 8, 2013
                54 Posts

                Dreams and  wishes do come true if believe. Big congrats to him !!!

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                  NEW YORK. RIVERHEAD
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                  February 17, 2011
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                  simply amazing . 


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                    Member #108376
                    March 25, 2011
                    505 Posts

                    not buying the homelessness claim prior to his win. wife probably just threw him out daily until he found work.

                      JonnyBgood07's avatar - Patriots logo1.jpg
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                      May 29, 2008
                      20581 Posts

                      now these are the stories I like to hear....Best of luck to him and his family.That's too awesome

                      "No matter how bad things may get, I'd like to thank my middle finger

                      for always sticking up for me.."


                        dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
                        United States
                        Member #82389
                        November 12, 2009
                        6371 Posts

                        Congratulation Mr Andraschek, glad he's giving back. I too wonder where his family was when he was on the streets anywho WTG Thumbs Up

                        I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                          New York
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                          August 12, 2013
                          108 Posts

                          I guess he won't go hungary anymore....ba dum chhh!

                            sully16's avatar - sharan
                            United States
                            Member #81738
                            October 28, 2009
                            76856 Posts

                            Great story, He's got a second chance at a fulfilling life.

                            Congrats to the lucky man.

                            Winter is coming !   Ned Stark.