Mexico: Historic “presidential plane” lottery drawn in Mexico City

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Mexico’s long-awaited 235th lottery draw, also known as the ‘presidential plane’ raffle, was held in Mexico City on Tuesday.

Footage shows the ceremony which offers punters the chance to win one of 100 prizes of 20 million Mexican pesos (798,000 euros, 945,700 USD), with the rest of the money going towards healthcare in Mexico. The draw initially was going to raffle off the former presidential place, Mexico’s equivalent of the US’ Air Force One, before plans changed to offer cash prizes instead of the pricey aircraft.

According to local media reports, nearly 4.2 million tickets were sold for the draw. Each one was worth 500 Mexican pesos (20 euros, 23 US dollars).

“Today we are very proud, we are very proud of the people of Mexico. Because this draw will be with them. It will be for them. And above all, for health. For all the Mexicans’ health. Because everything that is collected in this draw, all the money that is obtained, will go to the healthcare area. To the medical teams, to the medicines,” said Olga Sánchez Cordero, Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior.

Acquired by the former president of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto in 2012, the luxurious aircraft is equipped with a presidential suite and marble-lined bathrooms. In February Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government announced plans to raffle off the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which they described as a symbol of the opulence and corruption of previous governments.

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