Palma de Majorca.—Speaking from her business at No. 23, Calle Juan XXIII in the tourist area of the Port of Pollensa, Antonia Company said yesterday that she was “thrilled” at being the bringer of so much good luck to local residents.

She said though that apart from being aware that the the “El Niño” second prize series number 60070 had been selected at her establishment, she was unaware just how many winning tickets had been purchased and how much money had been won because it was an automatic terminal which dispensed the coupon numbers, very much as is the case in the United Kingdom.

Company said that she would need to wait some days before the State Lottery Organisation (LAE) informed her of the exact winnings details.
Double whammy
The premises in Calle Juan XXIII was the very same that sold a number of fifth prize-winning tickets purchased for the “El Gordo” pre-Christmas lottery draw held on 22nd December.

Company said that although there had been other years when there had been winnings from tickets purchased through her shop, and not necessarily from the two major Christmas and New Year draws, never had there been such major lottery luck on dates so close together.

The “El Niño” lottery was created in 1941 by the then Monopoly's director F. Roldan to raise funds for the national government. He was determined that the lottery should be a celebration to be held “for the Spanish people” ever year. Since then, Palma has won the top prize on five occasions (1946, 1950, 1953, 1992 and 1998). Inca was also a major winner in 1953.

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