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

Okay, I have to say… don’t spend money on lottery tickets. This is a 1 in 100 million chance for this guy. Fortune was on his side that day, but you can’t always depend on it. — T.J.

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Homeless Hungarian man László Andraschek 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…

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Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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