Hungarian Homeless Man Wins Lottery
László Andraschek, 55, spent seven years bouncing in and out of a homeless shelter. Due to strict rules about alcohol use, and his inability to stay sober, he would periodically end up living on the street. Andraschek, the youngest of his large family, had lived at home until the age of 31, but got kicked out because he was spending all of his money on alcohol. That same year, he attempted suicide, but thankfully the rope he used snapped. It was almost ten years later when Andraschek got sober for good.
Andraschek was on the way to a support meeting for alcoholics when he purchased the lucky ticket with his last few coins. He never expected he would win 636m Hungarian forint (approximately $2.7 million US dollars). In fact, he had only selected 6 of the 7 numbers on the ticket and when the cashier asked him what he wanted for the last number he said, “make it 24 – it doesn’t matter, anyway.”
After taking care of his immediate family, Andraschek made a large donation to a hostel for the homeless. In addition to caring for the homeless, he also plans to set up a foundation for addicts and abused women. His philanthropy couldn’t have come at a better time; late last year Hungarian government passed a law to get the homeless off of the streets by fining them, or in some cases even imprisonment.