Homeless Hungarian man hits lottery jackpot with his last few coins László Andraschek plans to use Hungary's biggest win of £1.7m to set up foundation for addicts and abused women

Unemployed, in debt and facing another year living on the streets in Hungary, László Andraschek spent his last remaining coins on a lottery ticket. Now the formerly homeless man has a choice of accommodation around the world after becoming one of Hungary’s biggest lottery winners, with a prize of about £1.7m.Andraschek, whose 630m Hungarian forint win last September went unnoticed until he made a significant donation to a hostel for the homeless this month, said buying the ticket was a chance decision at a railway station on his way to Budapest for a workshop for recovering alcoholics.“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."But he was wrong and now plans to use his winnings to establish a foundation for addicts and women abused by their husbands.

theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/16/homeless-hungarian-lottery-win-laszlo-andrasche

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