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Thursday, 24 December 2015

IMMIGRATION/LIFE STYLE

African migrants hit it big in Spain Christmas lottery
 By Alan Clendenning

In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 picture, a Senegalese man named Ngame, who told reporters that he was rescued by Spain’s coast guard traveling from Africa’s western coast toward Spain’s Canary Islands, speaks after discovering he won euro400,000 ($438,000) in Roquetas de Mar, in Almeria province, Spain. About 35 African migrants, including at least one rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat, are among the top prize winners of Spain’s Christmas lottery, according to the owner of the lottery agency that sold more than 1,000 tickets worth 400,000 euros ($438,000) each.


MADRID (AP) — About 35 African migrants, including at least one rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat, are among the top prize winners of Spain's Christmas lottery, according to the owner of the lottery agency that sold more than 1,000 tickets that shelled out 400,000 euros ($438,000) each.

The winners who bought the tickets in the southern coastal city of Roquetas de Mar included migrants from Senegal, Mali and Morocco, agency owner Jose Martin told La Voz de Almeria newspaper in a story published Thursday.

Among them was a Senegalese man named Ngame who told Spanish media that he and his wife were rescued by Spain's coast guard in 2007 when their boat with 65 people was traveling from Africa's western coast toward Spain's Canary Islands.

Outside the lottery agency, Ngame was in tears as he clutched a photocopy of his winning ticket with the number 79,140. He thanked Spain for saving his life and giving him the chance to play the country's world famous lottery.

"Today I thank the Spanish government, the Spaniards too," Ngame told Ondacero radio. "They saved us when we were in the middle of the sea."

Roquetas de Mar is in Almeria province, where many migrants toil in greenhouses as vegetable and fruit laborers. The area also relies heavily on tourism, but unemployment is 31 percent — much higher than the already sky-high national rate of 21 percent.

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In this Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 picture, a Senegalese man named Ngame, who told reporters that he was
Ngame did not give his last name to reporters but said life has been difficult for him and his wife since they arrived in Almeria. They had not decided how they would use the jackpot.

"I'm not sure," he said. "It's too soon to decide. We have to talk and see."

Agency owner Martin said some of the migrants weren't sure how they could collect their winnings, so he accompanied them to their banks to explain what to do.

Although other lotteries offer larger top prizes, Spain's El Gordo (The Fat One) is the world's richest, and unites the country because almost everyone takes part.

There are 24 million prizes in all for a country with a population of 47 million — and players in droves form pools with friends, family and colleagues to buy the 20-euro ($22) tickets.

Across Spain, people stay glued to the television on Dec. 22 as lower-level winning numbers are announced until the El Gordo number is drawn. Then people who purchased winning tickets show up outside the lottery agency that sold them and uncork bottles of sparkling wine in gleeful street fiestas.

The lottery has always been immensely popular but has taken on special importance in recent years as Spain struggled through the bursting of a real estate bubble and the European debt crisis. While lottery winners used to buy apartments or new cars during Spain's boom years, many winners now pay off debts.

Students also featured heavily this year — nearly half the winning tickets were bought at the Roquetas de Mar lottery agency by a high school in the nearby town of Laujar de Andarax, population of 1,600. Students then resold the tickets to raise money for a school trip, meaning the town was flush with winners.




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