Mex­ico: Top ex­ecs com­mit $80M for ‘plane’ raf­fle

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MEX­ICO CITY — Mex­ico’s pres­i­dent said Thurs­day that 75 of the coun­try’s business lead­ers have com­mit­ted tens of mil­lions of dol­lars for a sym­bolic raf­fle of the lux­u­ri­ous pres­i­den­tial jet that he has tried un­suc­cess­fully to sell for over a year.

An­dres Manuel Lopez

Obrador said the par­tic­i­pa­tion by many of Mex­ico’s wealth­i­est sig­nals that the pri­vate sec­tor is on board with the pres­i­dent’s mis­sion to end the lux­u­ries en­joyed by pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments.

Lopez Obrador said he col­lected com­mit­ments equal to about $80 mil­lion worth of tick­ets, about half the num­ber to be is­sued.

The sym­bolic raf­fle will have tick­ets bear­ing an im­age of the plane but the ac­tual prize will be $100 mil­lion di­vided among 100 win­ners. The gov­ern­ment will be­gin is­su­ing tick­ets in late February for the Septem­ber draw­ing.

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