4 beggars hit French jackpot with scratch card given to them

Four homeless people won big after a scratch card handed to them by a charitable gambler drew 50,000 euros ($59,000), French lottery operator FDJ said Tuesday, October 6.

The 4 men in their thirties were begging outside a lottery shop in the western port city of Brest when a departing customer handed them a scratch card purchased for one euro.

"What a surprise for the 4 young men when they discovered a win not of 5 euros, but of 50,000 euros (P2.85 million)," the operator said in a statement.

The 4 divided the windfall among themselves equally, FDJ said.

"They were dumbfounded, but lucid," a spokesperson told AFP, adding the quartet seemed to have no immediate plans for the money, except to leave town quickly. – Rappler.com

*1 Euro = P57