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Top 5 Lucky Russians
August 2, 2013 16:19

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1. RUR 100 million
Albert Begrakyan, from St. Petersburg, won the biggest prize in Russia’s history in 2009. Armenian by origin, the entrepreneur helped many of his relatives but later said he should have left the country. He didn’t pay taxes on time and had to defend against an administrative action.
  1. 30 million – investment into construction of a hotel in the Krasnodar Region.
  2. 15.5 million – two-story apartment in St Petersrburg.
  3. 16.3 million – apartment renovation.
  4. 10 million – two more apartments in St Petersrburg.
  5. 3.3 million – a Lexus car.
  6. 1.2 million – a Toyota Rav 4 for his father.
  7. 1.1 million – - apartment for his sister in Armenia.
  8. 12 million – lent his friends and relatives, no-one returned the money as of 2011.
  9. million spent on charity.
  10. 100,000 – travelling across BulgariaRussia.
  11. 8.5 million – taxes (4.million payment still pending). 
2. RUR 35 million
Moscow mechanic, a lottery lover, Evgeny Sidorov promised to spend his 2009 prize on improving the life of his native village in the Lipetsk Region. He said he re-built an old road there, then renovated the water supply system. He had loftier plans for the future, including a dairy business supposed to create new jobs and bring people back to the countryside. There’ve been no reports as to what happened next. The only item he claimed he bought for himself was a truck.
3. RUR 29 million
The prize proved too much of a burden for alcohol-addicted Nadezhda Mukhametzyanova from the city of Ufa. After she won the money in 2001, she bought two cars and an apartment but the cars were wrecked in accidents and the flat burned down. The woman died five years later after a long drinking spree.
4. RUR 11. 5 million
A businessman from the Stavropol Region who chose to remain anonymous had bought his happy lottery ticket with a train ticket. He spent part of the prize on his business and part on the presents to relatives and travelling.
5. RUR million
It’s wasn’t the first time a draw-loving family from the Samara Region won a prize. Over their 20 year lottery career, they’d been lucky enough to get a car. This time, Oleg and Natalya spent most of the windfall revenues on building a church.


Author: Mikhail Vesely

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