Welcome Guest
Log In | Register )
You last visited December 10, 2016, 11:28 am
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

African migrants win big in Spain Christmas lottery

El GordoEl Gordo: African migrants win big in Spain Christmas lottery
51
Rating:

About 35 African migrants, including at least one rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat, are among the top prize winners of Spain's Christmas lottery, according to the owner of the lottery agency that sold more than 1,000 tickets that shelled out 400,000 euros (US$438,000) each.

The winners who bought the tickets in the southern coastal city of Roquetas de Mar included migrants from Senegal, Mali and Morocco, agency owner Jose Martin told La Voz de Almeria newspaper in a story published Thursday.

Among them was a Senegalese man named Ngame who told Spanish media that he and his wife were rescued by Spain's coast guard in 2007 when their boat with about 65 people aboard was traveling from Africa's western coast toward Spain's Canary Islands.

Outside the lottery agency, Ngame was in tears as he clutched a photocopy of his winning ticket with the number 79,140. He thanked Spain for saving his life and giving him the chance to play the country's world famous lottery.

"Today I thank the Spanish government, the Spaniards too," Ngame told Ondacero radio. "They saved us when we were in the middle of the sea."

Roquetas de Mar is in Almeria province, where many migrants toil in greenhouses as vegetable and fruit laborers. The area also relies heavily on tourism, but unemployment is 31 one percent — much higher than the already sky-high national rate of 21 percent.

Ngame did not give his last name to reporters but said life has been difficult for him and his wife since they arrived in Almeria. They had not decided how they would use the jackpot.

"I'm not sure," he said. "It's too soon to decide. We have to talk and see."

Agency owner Martin said some of the migrants weren't sure how they could collect their winnings, so he accompanied them to their bank branches to explain to them what to do.

Though other lotteries offer larger top prizes, Spain's El Gordo (The Fat One) is the world's richest. It unites the country because almost everyone takes part.

There are 24 million prizes in all for the country with a population of 47 million — and players in droves form pools with friends, family and colleagues to buy the 20-euro tickets.

A big difference with other lotteries is that people don't pick their own numbers, so if they want a certain one they have to go online to find out first of all if it exists and then who's selling it.

Across Spain, people stay glued to the television as lower level winning numbers are announced until the El Gordo number is drawn. Then a tradition kicks in, with people who purchased winning tickets on their own or in groups showing up outside the lottery agency that sold them the tickets and uncorking bottles of sparkling wine in gleeful street fiestas.

The lottery has always been immensely popular but has taken on special importance in recent years as Spain struggled through the bursting of a real estate bubble and the European debt crisis. While lottery winners used to buy apartments or new cars during Spain's boom years, many winners now pay off debts.

School children also featured heavily this year — nearly half the winning tickets were bought at the Roquetas de Mar agency by a high school in the nearby town of Laujar de Andarax, population of 1,600. Students then resold the tickets to raise money for a school trip, meaning the town was flush with winners.

News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

Thanks to SergeM for the tip.

AP, Lottery Post Staff

We'd love to see your comments here!  Register for a FREE membership — it takes just a few moments — and you'll be able to post comments here and on any of our forums. If you're already a member, you can Log In to post a comment.

6 comments. Last comment 12 months ago by CSense.
Page 1 of 1
Teddi's avatar - Lottery-008.jpg

United States
Member #142499
May 13, 2013
1186 Posts
Offline
Posted: December 24, 2015, 8:08 am - IP Logged

I really like this story. I'm sure others will grumble but I love these types of lottery winners; to have someone going from the pit of despair, desperation and poverty to having something amazing change his life forever? Doesn't get much better than that. Very much like Quang Dao of the Nebraska 8. He too was rescued from a boat after fleeing Vietnam and he too won as part of a group. I wish Ngame (is it just me or is the spelling of his name kinda fortuitous, like Usain Bolt), good luck and happiness with his new fortune. Doubtful he'll be able to quit his job if he has one, but at least that should get him a house, some comfort, and out of whatever debt he's currently in. 

El Gordo seems kind of insane to me. It's probably been on my mind because of this Tipton thing, but wouldn't a game like this be a whole lot easier to rig? If players can't pick their own numbers and certain numbers are assigned to certain locations, I'd be pretty concerned as a player. 20 - 30% unemployment would lead to some pretty desperate people. Tipton wasn't even desperate, just greedy and look what he did.

I might wake up early and go running.  I might also wake up and win the lottery.

The odds are about the same.

    cbr$'s avatar - maren
    Cordova,Al.
    United States
    Member #104482
    January 15, 2011
    4937 Posts
    Offline
    Posted: December 24, 2015, 8:42 am - IP Logged

    About 35 African migrants, including at least one rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat, are among the top prize winners of Spain's Christmas lottery, according to the owner of the lottery agency that sold more than 1,000 tickets that shelled out 400,000 euros (US$438,000) each.

    The winners who bought the tickets in the southern coastal city of Roquetas de Mar included migrants from Senegal, Mali and Morocco, agency owner Jose Martin told La Voz de Almeria newspaper in a story published Thursday.

    Among them was a Senegalese man named Ngame who told Spanish media that he and his wife were rescued by Spain's coast guard in 2007 when their boat with about 65 people aboard was traveling from Africa's western coast toward Spain's Canary Islands.

    Outside the lottery agency, Ngame was in tears as he clutched a photocopy of his winning ticket with the number 79,140. He thanked Spain for saving his life and giving him the chance to play the country's world famous lottery.

    "Today I thank the Spanish government, the Spaniards too," Ngame told Ondacero radio. "They saved us when we were in the middle of the sea."

    Roquetas de Mar is in Almeria province, where many migrants toil in greenhouses as vegetable and fruit laborers. The area also relies heavily on tourism, but unemployment is 31 one percent — much higher than the already sky-high national rate of 21 percent.

    Ngame did not give his last name to reporters but said life has been difficult for him and his wife since they arrived in Almeria. They had not decided how they would use the jackpot.

    "I'm not sure," he said. "It's too soon to decide. We have to talk and see."

    Agency owner Martin said some of the migrants weren't sure how they could collect their winnings, so he accompanied them to their bank branches to explain to them what to do.

    Though other lotteries offer larger top prizes, Spain's El Gordo (The Fat One) is the world's richest. It unites the country because almost everyone takes part.

    There are 24 million prizes in all for the country with a population of 47 million — and players in droves form pools with friends, family and colleagues to buy the 20-euro tickets.

    A big difference with other lotteries is that people don't pick their own numbers, so if they want a certain one they have to go online to find out first of all if it exists and then who's selling it.

    Across Spain, people stay glued to the television as lower level winning numbers are announced until the El Gordo number is drawn. Then a tradition kicks in, with people who purchased winning tickets on their own or in groups showing up outside the lottery agency that sold them the tickets and uncorking bottles of sparkling wine in gleeful street fiestas.

    The lottery has always been immensely popular but has taken on special importance in recent years as Spain struggled through the bursting of a real estate bubble and the European debt crisis. While lottery winners used to buy apartments or new cars during Spain's boom years, many winners now pay off debts.

    School children also featured heavily this year — nearly half the winning tickets were bought at the Roquetas de Mar agency by a high school in the nearby town of Laujar de Andarax, population of 1,600. Students then resold the tickets to raise money for a school trip, meaning the town was flush with winners.

    News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

    Thanks to SergeM for the tip.

    Great story. I love to read thing like this. A rag to riches story. Congratulation to Ngame & his wife on their win. Migrant worker , work long hours , have low pay..etc... This have a very happy ending. Thumbs Up

      music*'s avatar - nw bookeep.jpg
      Happy California
      United States
      Member #157856
      August 2, 2014
      1522 Posts
      Offline
      Posted: December 24, 2015, 4:43 pm - IP Logged

       I will vote for an American El Gordo. Bring it on!I Agree!

       I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

       Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

        sully16's avatar - sharan
        Ringleader
        Michigan
        United States
        Member #81740
        October 28, 2009
        40609 Posts
        Online
        Posted: December 25, 2015, 6:04 am - IP Logged

        Congrats to the lucky family.

        Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

        For a lead role in a cage?

         

                                                    From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

          Bondi Junction
          Australia
          Member #57242
          December 24, 2007
          1102 Posts
          Offline
          Posted: December 25, 2015, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

          About 35 African migrants, including at least one rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat, are among the top prize winners of Spain's Christmas lottery, according to the owner of the lottery agency that sold more than 1,000 tickets that shelled out 400,000 euros (US$438,000) each.

          The winners who bought the tickets in the southern coastal city of Roquetas de Mar included migrants from Senegal, Mali and Morocco, agency owner Jose Martin told La Voz de Almeria newspaper in a story published Thursday.

          Among them was a Senegalese man named Ngame who told Spanish media that he and his wife were rescued by Spain's coast guard in 2007 when their boat with about 65 people aboard was traveling from Africa's western coast toward Spain's Canary Islands.

          Outside the lottery agency, Ngame was in tears as he clutched a photocopy of his winning ticket with the number 79,140. He thanked Spain for saving his life and giving him the chance to play the country's world famous lottery.

          "Today I thank the Spanish government, the Spaniards too," Ngame told Ondacero radio. "They saved us when we were in the middle of the sea."

          Roquetas de Mar is in Almeria province, where many migrants toil in greenhouses as vegetable and fruit laborers. The area also relies heavily on tourism, but unemployment is 31 one percent — much higher than the already sky-high national rate of 21 percent.

          Ngame did not give his last name to reporters but said life has been difficult for him and his wife since they arrived in Almeria. They had not decided how they would use the jackpot.

          "I'm not sure," he said. "It's too soon to decide. We have to talk and see."

          Agency owner Martin said some of the migrants weren't sure how they could collect their winnings, so he accompanied them to their bank branches to explain to them what to do.

          Though other lotteries offer larger top prizes, Spain's El Gordo (The Fat One) is the world's richest. It unites the country because almost everyone takes part.

          There are 24 million prizes in all for the country with a population of 47 million — and players in droves form pools with friends, family and colleagues to buy the 20-euro tickets.

          A big difference with other lotteries is that people don't pick their own numbers, so if they want a certain one they have to go online to find out first of all if it exists and then who's selling it.

          Across Spain, people stay glued to the television as lower level winning numbers are announced until the El Gordo number is drawn. Then a tradition kicks in, with people who purchased winning tickets on their own or in groups showing up outside the lottery agency that sold them the tickets and uncorking bottles of sparkling wine in gleeful street fiestas.

          The lottery has always been immensely popular but has taken on special importance in recent years as Spain struggled through the bursting of a real estate bubble and the European debt crisis. While lottery winners used to buy apartments or new cars during Spain's boom years, many winners now pay off debts.

          School children also featured heavily this year — nearly half the winning tickets were bought at the Roquetas de Mar agency by a high school in the nearby town of Laujar de Andarax, population of 1,600. Students then resold the tickets to raise money for a school trip, meaning the town was flush with winners.

          News story photo(Click to display full-size in gallery)

          Thanks to SergeM for the tip.

          As they were rescued by the Spanish Coast Guard, the money should be confiscated to pay for the rescue.

          We all get a lot out of lotteries!

            CSense's avatar - villiarna
            New Member
            East Coast
            United States
            Member #168062
            August 15, 2015
            25 Posts
            Offline
            Posted: December 26, 2015, 10:57 am - IP Logged

            As they were rescued by the Spanish Coast Guard, the money should be confiscated to pay for the rescue.

            Maybe they will but over there he and his family paid taxes.

            Always pay forward, it's a good start in life that make everybody happy.