A few months ago, László Andraschek, an unemployed and homeless Hungarian man, bought a lottery ticket on his way to a workshop for recovering alcoholics.
The ticket cost him his last few coins.
"I had only picked six numbers and the female shop assistant reminded me that I needed to pick a seventh," he told the Guardian. "I told her to make it 24 — 'It doesn’t matter anyway.'"
He became a millionaire.
He used his 630-million Hungarian forint ($3 million Canadian) win to pay off his debts and buy apartments for himself and his wife and each of their three children, then vowed to use the a large portion of the rest to establish a foundation for addicts and victims of domestic abuse.
"I have become rich but I have not become a different person," he said. "I could buy a large-screen TV because I can afford it, but I won't buy three because I can afford it."
Now that he owns a passport for the first time, Andraschek also plans to take his wife to Italy on holiday.
Andraschek won the lottery in September. It wasn't until he made a large donation to a hostel for the homeless earlier this month that his story made headlines.
Andraschek quit drinking five years ago and "now has no need to return" to old habits.
Human rights activists are currently organizing worldwide protests against a new Hungarian law that bans "sleeping rough." It threatens individuals living on the streets in Hungary with fines or imprisonment. There is an estimated 30,000 homeless people living in the country.
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