Homeless man wins lottery after purchasing ticket with last coins

Feb. 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM

GYOR, Hungary, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A homeless man who spent his last coins on a lottery ticket said he has become Hungary's biggest lottery winner ever with a prize of $2.79 million.

Laszlo Andraschek's win went unnoticed until he made a donation to a hostel for the homeless this month, The Guardian reported.

He said buying the ticket was a last-minute decision at a railway station, when he was on his way to 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."

Andraschek, 55, now plans to use his winnings to establish a foundation to help addicts and abused women.

He said he first repaid his and his relatives' debts, bought a car, and bought apartments for his children.

Andraschek said he and his wife, Aniko, will not waste all their money.

"I have become rich but I have not become a different person. I could buy a large-screen TV because I can afford it, but I won't buy three because I can afford it," he said.

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