Many of us never win the lottery, but we still keep on trying. You have to be in it to win it, right? That’s what we all keep telling ourselves. Well, these three, exceptionally lucky Spanish waiters have won the lottery — not once, but twice — in the short period of less than a month. It’s just not fair.
First, it was the famous Spanish “El Gordo” Christmas Lottery. The Inquisitr recently reported the story of a Senegalese migrant who was lucky enough to win the lottery draw in Spain’s “El Gordo” (the big one) over the festive season.
That lottery, known officially as the Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad, brought in a very festive 400,000 euros (or around $437,600) to 1,600 lucky residents of the town of Roquetas de Mar in Almeria, including said migrant.
The migrant, who survived a perilous boat trip to get to Spain’s shores, reportedly took the whole thing in his stride, saying it was “just money” and that it is important to keep your feet on the ground and stay with the friends you always had. Wise words indeed.
First prize in Spain’s El Niño lottery, worth €2m, goes to number 22654. Second prize, worth €750,000, goes to 60755 https://t.co/kOsWSD1R7G
— El País in English (@elpaisinenglish) January 6, 2016
Well, it turns out three waiters at a local hotel also got lucky on that one. All three waiters work at the Hotel Bahía Serena, a popular seaside resort hotel in the town situated on the Almerian coast. Reportedly, the trio had decided to form a syndicate to buy lottery tickets and share the spoils if they were lucky enough to win the lottery.
Having happily won in the “El Gordo” lottery, imagine their surprise when they got lucky once again? Initially, there was reportedly a certain amount of secrecy over the news that three people, lucky in the Christmas lottery, had managed to win the lottery yet again, but now the news is officially out.
The Christmas festive season in Spain was even still running when it happened, as the waiters made their second lucky win in the Epiphany draw on Wednesday last week — known in Spain as “El Niño,” or the little one — a draw second only in popularity to the great “El Gordo” lottery in the amount of money available to win.
While their full names haven’t been released, the people lucky enough to win the lottery yet again have been named by the local Spanish language Diario de Almería as Antonio, Paco, and Nicolas.
— The Local Spain (@TheLocalSpain) January 8, 2016
It seems like the Senegalese migrant the three lucky winners are not letting their luck go to their heads, as all three have been turning up for work as usual since winning both lotteries.
So now, on top of the tasty 400,000 euros ($437,600) per person won in the “El Gordo” Christmas lottery, the three guys have now snagged a windfall amounting to a further 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) shared between them (and before tax, of course).
Another Spanish language news service, El Mundo, confirms the guys have said they are not planning on giving up work any time soon after their lucky multiple win on the lottery, with the wife of one of the winners telling them: “We are not going to give up work.”
“But it will help plug some holes and leave us something to give our children.”
A couple of million euros between three people will definitely plug some holes for these lucky families in crisis and austerity-torn Spain. And now, can it be our turn to get lucky and win the lottery?
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