• Short Summary

    AN OVERNIGHT FORTUNE FOR FORTUNA!..... THE TINY VILLAGE IN SOUTHEAST SPAIN, NEAR MURCIA, WHICH NEVER?

  • Description

    AN OVERNIGHT FORTUNE FOR FORTUNA!..... THE TINY VILLAGE IN SOUTHEAST SPAIN, NEAR MURCIA, WHICH NEVER HAD ANY REASON TO THINK ITS NAME MIGHT REALLY MEAN SOMETHING AFTER ALL. FORTUNA HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF THE POOREST OF SPANISH VILLAGES, ITS PEOPLE FIGHTING AGAINST NATURE TO WREST SOME KIND OF EXISTENCE FROM THE ARID SOIL, IN THIS DRIEST AREA IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.

    BUT THAT'S ALL BEEN CHANGED BY 'EL GORDO' - THE FAT ONE - THE RICHEST LOTTERY IN SPAIN. WHEN THE RESULTS WERE DECLARED ON DECEMBER 23RD., FORTUNA HELD THE WINNING TICKET - NUMBER 20426 - WORTH 37 1/2 MILLION PESETAS (GBP225,000).

    A SUDDEN STORM THE NIGHT BEFORE THE DRAW WAS THE FIRST SIGN THAT THE VILLAGE'S LUCK HAD CHANGED. AS THE BIG DAY DAWNED, THE VILLAGE WOMEN WERE DELIGHTED THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE TO MAKE THE USUAL 2-KILOMETRE WALK TO FETCH WATER, AND THE MENS' HOPES OF A BETTER CROP OF DATES, ALMONDS AND OLIVES WERE RAISED.

    WINNINGS VARY FROM 60,000 PESETAS (GBP361) FOR A MODEST STAKE OF 10 PESETAS, FROM WHICH TWO PESETAS WERE KEPT FOR THE POOR, TO AROUND 400,000 PESETAS (GBP2,410) FOR THE LUCKY ONES WHO'D BEEN ABLE TO INVEST MORE. BUT WHILE NOT EVERYONE HAS GONE FROM RAGS TO RICHES OVERNIGHT, NEARLY ALL THE VILLAGE PEOPLE HAVE GAINED SOMETHING.

    WHETHER IT'S ENOUGH TO DEPOSIT IN THE BANK WHICH WILL BE OPENING IN THE VILLAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME, IS QUITE ANOTHER MATTER. SOME ARE SPENDING THEIR WINNINGS ON A NEW HOUSE, OTHERS ARE BUYING TELEVISION AND RADIO SETS. FOR ANOTHER, THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE HAS ENABLED HIM TO EXCHANGE HIS USUAL TOMBOLA STALL FOR A BIG WHEEL. NEVERTHELESS, VILLAGE LIFE HAS NOT CHANGED ALL THAT MUCH... MOST OF THE LUCKY 400 HAVE RESISTED TEMPTATION FROM THE HUNDREDS OF TRADERS WHO'VE FLOCKED TO THE VILLAGE DURING THE PAST MONTH. THE GENERAL ATTITUDE SEEMS TO BE SUMMED UP BY ONE WOMAN, WHO ASKED IF SHE WOULD NOW BUY A WASHING MACHINE, SAID "WHO WANTS A WASHING MACHINE...I'D MISS THE LOCAL GOSSIP IF I HAD ONE. I PREFER TO DO MY SCRUBBING WITH THE OTHERS ON THE BANKS OF THE STREAM".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6KD1G1TEU2WFEFD0VQ9DJ41CR
    Media URN:
    VLVA6KD1G1TEU2WFEFD0VQ9DJ41CR
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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