Homeless man wins £1.7m lottery jackpot with final few coins – and will spend it on addicts, abuse victims and others sleeping rough
László Andraschek’s win – one of Hungary’s biggest – was not even heard of until he made a large donation to a homeless people’s hostel
A homeless man has won £1.7 million after buying a lottery ticket on his way to a meeting for recovering alcoholics, and says he now plans to use the money to help other addicts.
Hungarian László Andraschek’s windfall went almost completely unnoticed until earlier this month when he made a significant donation to a hostel for the homeless, the Guardian reported.
Mr Andraschek said he had no job or place to live and was in heavy debt when he decided to spend his last few coins on a lottery ticket at a railway station.
He was headed for Budapest at the time, and told reporters: “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.”
The 55-year-old was proved wrong when he received 630 million Hungarian forints – one of the biggest ever lottery wins in the country.
His first act after the win was to pay off his debts to family members, after which he bought flats for his three children to live in and a car to share.
As well as donating a significant sum to a homeless charity – in a country where politicians face protests after attempting to ban sleeping rough – Mr Andraschek says he wants to use the money to set up a foundation for addicts and women who have been abused.
He said that after never before holding a passport, he and his wife Aniko would be taking a holiday to Italy but that they would be making sure they spend their money cautiously. “I have become rich but I have not become a different person,” he told the Guardian.
Mr Andraschek has been attending workshops to help with his addiction since he quit alcohol five years ago. After winning the lottery, he said, he “now has no need to return”.
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 3 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 4 Tidal: Jay Z's Spotify rival streaming service criticised for making wealthy artists even richer
- 5 Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
Britain First 'acting like Ukip henchmen' by invading meeting of activists in revenge for pub protest against Nigel Farage
Costa Concordia: Shipment of Mob drugs was hidden aboard cruise liner when it hit rocks off Italian coast, investigators say
Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
A new (old) cure for MRSA? Revolting recipe from the Dark Ages may be key to defeat infection
Turkey power cut: Prime Minister says nationwide blackout could be caused by terrorists
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This leading supplier of compliance software a...
£24000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Associate System Engineer r...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Executive Assistant is required to join a l...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...