Look at Mercedes (the woman, not the car): one day she was begging for money on the street, the next she won €1,217,000.

Look at Mercedes (the woman, not the car): one day she was begging for money on the street, the next she won €1,217,000.


“I always cried but I didn’t know tears because I was happy”

The story of Mercedes is heard in the Spanish newspapers: this woman who lives in Ciudad de Asís, in Alicante, saw her life change completely in just a few hours. One day he was begging for money, clothes and food for himself and his five children in the crowded neighborhood of La Florida, on the other hand he picked up a gift of 1.2 million euros, equivalent to €1,217,000.

“When he came on Tuesday [dia 2 de agosto]like every day, to play the lowest bet, one euro, and he told us that he thought he won on Monday, we understood this as a joke, as often,” he told ABC Eugénio, owner of the tobacconist Estanco 54. “I think the numbers on television are the same as what I have”, Mercedes told Mari Angeles Torregrosa, also the owner of the tobacconist where he often tried his luck in Bonoloto. Until you had it.

“I always cried but I didn’t know tears because I was happy”, Mercedes told Mari.

One of the first things that Mercedes did, he tells Country Mari Angeles Torregrosa, went to buy slippers for five euros and showed them, that was the pride she felt. “You changed my life,” Mercedes told Mari.

“He always complained about how bad things were,” the woman who was giving Mercedes money, described as “very kind and polite”, short and with dark hair, told El País. Spanish media say that Mercedes had it financial debts.

Mercedes, who can’t read or write, already has a gift deposited in the bank but keeps her normal life, the same routines – from nine in the morning to two in the afternoon at her job – and the same house, next floor. by train where he has lived for decades.