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Homeless Man Wins Lottery, Plans To Help Addicts And Abused Women

02/18/2014 01:59 pm ET | Updated Feb 20, 2014

A former homeless man is now one of his country’s biggest lottery winners.

László Andraschek, of Hungary, was on his way to a workshop for recovering alcoholics back in September, when he decided to spend his last coins on a lottery ticket, the Guardian reports. Expecting the same bad luck and disappointment that had befallen him his whole life, he was shocked to discover he won the equivalent of about $2.8 million.

“I had only picked six numbers and the female shop assistant reminded me that I needed to pick a seventh,” Andraschek told The Guardian. “I told her to make it 24 – it doesn't matter, anyway.”

The 55-year-old has decided to use his good fortune responsibly -- and for a good cause, the outlet notes. In fact, Andraschek’s big win went unnoticed until he made a big donation to a hostel for the homeless in February. He also plans to open a foundation for addicts and women who have been abused.

Andraschek’s philanthropic efforts for the homeless couldn’t have come at a better time. In 2013, the Hungarian parliament passed a law that threatens those who sleep on the streets with community work, fines and in some cases imprisonment, according to the BBC.

This isn’t the first instance of a homeless man using jackpot winnings to help others. After winning $50,000 in April 2013, Dennis Mahurin, of Illinois, decided to opt out of improved living conditions and stay put in his tent. He gave $100 to all the other homeless people in the area.

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