LOTTERIES SENEGAL African migrants hit it big in Spanish lottery 1 month ago Iwo Bulski Post Views: 159 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 about 65 people aboard 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 on 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 one percent — much higher than the already sky-high national rate of 21 percent. 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 bank branches to explain to them what to do. Though other lotteries offer larger top prizes, Spain’s El Gordo (The Fat One) is the world’s richest. It unites the country because almost everyone takes part. There are 24 million prizes in all for the country with a population of 47 million — and players in droves form pools with friends, family and colleagues to buy the 20-euro tickets. Iwo BulskiIssues related to the gambling business is engaged in more than 30 years. My empirical experience gives me the opportunity to present events and companies from this business with full knowledge and industry knowledge. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: loteries, migrants, Senegal, Spain Continue Reading Previous National Lottery Regulatory Commission Debunk Fake Recruitment ExerciseNext Winning Responsibly: BETWINNER and OneLife Rally More Stories HOT NEWS LOTTERIES NIGERIA Counsel Petitioned National Lottery Commission over Unpaid Winnings 2 weeks ago Adeleye Awakan BETTING HOT NEWS SENEGAL LONASE Partners Senegalese Basketball Federation 2 weeks ago Adeleye Awakan LOTTERIES SBC Digital – Africa: Technology is the way forward for lottery 3 weeks ago Iwo Bulski LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA R50m up for up grabs as Powerball rolls over for the 7th time 3 weeks ago Samuel LOTTERIES MOROCCO Intralot shortens Moroccan contract to “enhance resilience” 3 weeks ago Iwo Bulski LOTTERIES WORLD NEWS Winning Responsibly: BETWINNER and OneLife Rally 1 month ago Iwo Bulski LOTTERIES NIGERIA National Lottery Regulatory Commission Debunk Fake Recruitment Exercise 2 months ago Adeleye Awakan LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA South Africans urged to have their say on who should be Lottery chair 2 months ago Samuel LOTTERIES NIGERIA Top Lottery Brand in Nigeria 2 months ago Iwo Bulski LOTTERIES NIGERIA Myhourlottery Set to Change the Face of Lottery in Nigeria 2 months ago Szarlot LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA ‘My life is not going to change’ – NW’s R38m Lotto winner 3 months ago Samuel LOTTERIES SOUTH AFRICA Monopoly Live features in More South African Gambling Sites 3 months ago Mary Ngaruiya Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.