The El Gordo de Navidad Lottery (or Spanish Christmas Lottery) in Spain really does help changing the lives of its winners. One of those lucky enough to win last year was Ngagne Pouye who won a 400,000 Euros El Gordo de Navidad prize and was able to return home to Petit-Mbao in his native Senegal.
Last year, he was living in Roquetas de Mar in the south of Spain. After sending home some money to a friend in Senegal he was down to his last five Euros. Then someone bought him an El Gordo de Navidad ticket for Christmas and it changed his life.
The 36-year-old was watching television when the news broke about the success of Roquetas de Mar in the El Gordo de Navidad Christmas draw. He saw the winning numbers, checked his ticket and “just could not believe it” when realizing he’d won 400,000 Euros.
“An intense emotion overwhelmed me, I did not expect it at all,” he says. I followed the Spanish Christmas Lottery draw every year on TV, but I had never imagined that a Senegalese or an immigrant could win it one day.”
It took a while for the El Gordo de Navidad win to sink in. During the night he woke up wondering if it had all been a dream. The next few days were hectic as people found out about his win and for security reasons he had to stay for a week with a friend until he could claim his winnings.
Pouye nearly died when he moved to Spain as the boat carrying him was lost for 17 days and 25 people on board passed away. After 38 days in detention he finally got his papers allowing him to live in Spain. Four months after his big win, he decided to return home to Senegal with his wife.
He has made investments with his Spanish Christmas Lottery winnings and bought land in various parts of the country and is even building his own home. The busy entrepreneur also imports second-hand vehicles. He’s determined to be a success saying. “If I fail, everything I endured as suffering would no longer have any meaning.”
An emotional TV advert launched this year’s El Gordo de Navidad draw. It’s a popular draw with many English players of the Spanish Christmas Lottery. This year’s draw has a jackpot of €2.31 billion (£1.939,730,000) and takes place on December 22.
The Spanish Christmas Lottery tickets will be on sale at Lottery24.com until Monday December 19. Don’t miss the opportunity to become a winner!