UNLIKE the catastrophic climate system, the El Niño which struck Torremolinos and Malaga yesterday January 6, will have been warmly welcomed as a lucky resident (or more) won €200,000 in each place.
A vending machine in the Paseo del Colorado sold a tenth, known as a decimo, of the first prize, which was number 22654. Pedro Tome and Sabrina Borghi, who run the machine, only opened their store in 2012, and sold their first decimo worth €30,000 a year later.
The winner(s) haven’t yet stepped forward but the news will surely be seen as a welcome post-Christmas boon for residents across the town.
Meanwhile specialist lottery retailer ‘El Gato Negro’ (the Black Cat) in Malaga gave out its first award since moving to new premises in Granada Street, to the great delight of owner Miguel Angel Jimenez. He said that while they had sold many successful tickets in the past, the decimo sold here was the first in two years at their new property, and that the ticket sold had certainly been purchased over the counter.
El Niño is the follow up lottery to December’s Christmas El Gordo, sold as a chance to still win big after missing out on the El Gordo Sweepstakes, or even add to your winnings. This year 630 million euros were distributed through El Niño and all eyes were on Roquetas de Mar which also won a decimo, having also won almost of the €4 million El Gordo tickets over Christmas.