An entire town has won a piece of a $950 million lotto prize — but one resident missed out, according to media reports.
The town is Sodeto, Spain, a struggling farm village of 70 households. All but one of them — that of Costis Mitsotakis — bought tickets in Spain’s Christmas lottery, known as El Gordo, The New York Times reports.
The village’s number paid off — and just in time, for a town that has been struggling through an economic downturn and a severe drought.
The Times reports: “Some of Sodeto’s residents, mostly farmers and unemployed construction workers, won millions. The least fortunate came away with a minimum of $130,000 — and the giddy feeling that life, in its mysterious ways, was giving them another chance.”
The tickets were sold by the town’s homemakers’ association, which sells them each year but “somehow failed to visit Mitsotakis’ home,” Newser reports.
Mitsotakis’ reaction? Newser adds: “He wishes he had won, but reveals that he did come out on top in one sense: Some land he had been trying to sell was snatched up by a newly wealthy neighbor the day after the lottery.”