'Prawn lot­tery' wins prizes and cus­tomers are on cloud nine (and six)

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By Sa­man­tha Kett DÉ­NIA has its own lucky lot­tery num­ber with the town's fa­mous smil­ing prawn – and it's sell­ing in the hun­dreds.

Tick­ets bear­ing num­ber com­bi­na­tions of just sixes and nines mir­ror­ing the shape of the Ma­rina Alta district cap­i­tal's mas­cot are prov­ing over­whelm­ingly pop­u­lar.

The brain­child of lot­tery shop owner Agustín Fo­nanet, who comes from a fam­ily of fish­er­men, the idea came about when he picked a ticket in a na­tional draw with the num­bers 69699.

“When you pull in your net af­ter a day's prawn-fish­ing, it looks as though it's cov­ered in sixes and nines,” he says.

Since then, his shop, Colp de la Sort ('Stroke of Luck') has sold 800 tick­ets with six-and-nine com­bi­na­tions which he ad­ver­tises with the help of a hu­man-sized model of the char­ac­ter­is­tic Dé­nia prawn.

The pa­pier-mâché statue was orig­i­nally part of the falla Port-Rotes mon­u­ment, says Agustín, who be­longs to its fi­esta com­mis­sion.

Some cus­tomers hold their tick­ets over the prawn's head 'for luck' be­fore leav­ing the shop, he ex­plains.

Tick­ets with ' prawn num­bers' are on sale for the El Gordo Christ­mas lot­tery and the El Niño draw which takes place over the Three Kings, as well as the weekly Thurs­day and Satur­day lot­ter­ies.

Sev­eral cus­tomers have won prize money from 'prawn tick­ets' al­ready, with pots of up to €1,500.

“Lots of clients are now ask­ing for them reg­u­larly,” Agustín re­veals.

“We've had one gentle­man who called us to or­der 100 déci­mos [tenths of a ticket] with one of the six-and­nine com­bi­na­tions.

“We also rec­om­mend them to other cus­tomers who are un­de­cided about which num­bers to choose.”

The lat­est cam­paign, ti­tled 'Fish for the Prawn', in­volves lot­tery tick­ets with sixes and nines sold in sealed en­velopes which may con­tain one, five or 10 coupons, the amount only dis­cov­ered upon open­ing.

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