Everyone In This Tiny Spanish Village Won The Lottery — Except For One Heartbroken Man Who Lives In A Barn


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The real-life sequel to “Waking Ned Devine” just happened in Spain.The 70-odd households in Sodeto, an isolated farming village in the north, learned a few weeks ago that they’d won the country’s centuries-old lottery. Each had bought a piece of the winning number’s ticket.

The total: $150 million. Even those who bought the fewest tickets came away with a minimum of $130,000, the New York Times’ Suzanne Daley reports.

This was all the more shocking, of course, given Spain’s fiscal position. GDP per capita stands at $30,600, a 17 per cent decline since 2008.

Selling tickets has been an annual tradition for the Sodeto homemakers’ association, which goes around to help fund local festivals.    

But they appeared to have missed one man, a Greek filmmaker who moved to Sodeto for love of a woman — who eventually spurned him.

He now lives in a barn outside of town that he is working to restore. Daley says the association overlooked him as they made the rounds.

But all is not lost, she notes:

He had been trying to sell some land without much success. The day after the lottery a neighbour called to say he would buy it. The next day another neighbour called. But Mr. Mitsotakis refused to get into a bidding war. “This is a small village,” he said. “You don’t want bad feelings”.

Read more about Sodeto at the New York Times >

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