Suspicious Winnings

The Mayor of Manises, in the autonomous region of Valencia, who is already indicted in a corruption case, has now raised eyebrows by wining the Second Prize in the Christmas Lottery. Consequently, the judge in charge of the corruption case has demanded that he presents the winning ticket.

A professed gambler, the Mayor thought that all his worries had taken a backseat to this fortuitous turn of events… but he was wrong.

He was not the only politician to have that particular lucky number with quite a few in the Provincial Council, including the Chairman, holding several lucky decimos, thanks to him. In fact, his popularity rose from being a political leper – corruption investigations are contagious – to being a ‘jolly good fellow.’

Those around him even calculated that the Mayor could possibly have won ten million euros; i.e., he had held 80 prize-bearing decimos. In his own words, he admitted before the news media that he had ‘quite a few’ – more than the Chairmen, who held five.

But a comment like that could be his undoing, because as soon as the judge heard these comments on the TV, he immediately demanded that the Mayor inform him exactly how many tickets he had and in which bank account. The Mayor had no option but to respond that same day; the day of the lottery draw. Mind you, he hung onto to last moment before confessing that he only in fact had one. The judge then ordered him to tell him if he possessed any participaciones for that or any other winning numbers, giving him until ten the next morning.

The end result was that the Mayor’s lottery winnings amounted to 125,000 euros on that single decimo. The judged considers that it is of prime importance to know the exact amount of the estates of those persons indicted in the Emarsa corruption case, as there is a short-fall of 40m euros in the public company and if found guilty, the Mayor and others could be ordered to cough up. In fact, their estates could be frozen until a verdict is found, to stop it disappearing…

Explanatory note: a decimo, a single lottery ticket, is a tenth part of a whole number, which is a sheet of ten. Participaciones are what appear in shops etc; i.e., coupons with several numbers on them and the holder pays around five euros to participate in those numbers. Therefore, that coupon represents a 20th part of a decimo, or if there are two numbers a tenth on each, in which case if one of those numbers receives a prize, the coupon holder gets one percent of the prize.

(News: Manises, Valencia)

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