Spanish 'anti-crisis' protester wins 1.3 mln euros

13th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

One of the demonstrators camped in a central Madrid square to protest the economic crisis has won 1.3 million euros in the national lottery, lottery officials said Monday.

"The prize of 1.3 million euros ($1.9 million) has been attributed this weekend. We tried in vain to get in touch with the winner all day on Sunday," said Ignacio Garcia, the head of Serviapuestas, the website of the Spanish lottery.

"We were finally able to speak to him today (Monday) and he told us that he was in the encampment in the Puerta del Sol, so that is why he had not been able to reply by telephone or check his emails," he said.

The winner is a 34-year-old man from Madrid.

Protests over the economic crisis and soaring unemployment began in Madrid on May 15 and fanned out to city squares nationwide as word spread by Twitter and Facebook among demonstrators also known as "M-15", "Spanish Revolution" and "Real Democracy Now".

Protesters installed in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square dismantled their camp on Sunday.

© 2011 AFP

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