Ex­pat’s lucky day

Win­ners’ joy in north and south Ali­cante in El Niño draw

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Alex Watkins [email protected]­news.es

THE BIG lot­tery draw known as El Niño on Jan­uary 5 only left a few crumbs in Va­len­cia re­gion but these in­cluded sec­ond-prize win­ners, with the num­ber 61.776, in Benidorm and Beni­jó­far.

The most re­mark­able of these was a re­tired Bri­tish man who won €75,000 on a ticket he bought from the same to­bac­conist in Beni­jó­far that sold win­ning tick­ets in last year’s El Niño draw.

Although last year a lo­cal fam­ily had bought a whole se­ries of 10 sec­ond-prize win­ning tick­ets and scooped €750,000, this year only one win­ning ticket was bought there. An em­ployee told Costa Blanca News that the ex­pat, named Gary, is a reg­u­lar cus­tomer and at first he was not go­ing to buy a ticket be­cause at €20 each it is much more ex­pen­sive than usual.

She ex­plained to him that it is a spe­cial draw with many prizes and he de­cided to try his luck any­way.

Just like last year, shop owner In­mac­u­lada Giménez Ortega was in Mass at the nearby vil­lage church when the draw was an­nounced and again she started re­ceiv­ing phone calls and mes­sages to let her know she had sold a prize-win­ning ticket, but it was not un­til Mon­day that Gary re­turned.

“He didn’t know when the draw was or that he had won any­thing,” said Sra Giménez.

“He got in the queue, which was long and as he got closer he saw that his num­ber was on the signs and he went yel­low, then white – he al­most fainted!”

She took him to a nearby bank for a chat with the man­ager and he com­mented that af­ter­wards he would need to go home and have a lie down so he could take it all in.

In Benidorm, one sec­ond­prize ticket was sold from Ed­i­fi­cio Castel­lana III on Calle Al­calá, and at least one other from Calle Al­fonso Blat de Manises, 4.

Va­len­cia re­gion res­i­dents spent a to­tal of €99.27 mil­lion on tick­ets for El Niño, which is 5.54% more than last year and an av­er­age of €20 per in­hab­i­tant.

Last year's cel­e­bra­tion in Beni­jó­far

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