What would you do if you hit a lottery jackpot worth $3 million?
Perhaps go on a shopping spree or even buy yourself some property or go on a dream vacation? Of course, some part may even go to charity.
But when Laszlo Andraschek, a homeless man on the streets of Gyor, Hungary, won nothing short of $3.09 million (630 million Hungarian forints) from his last few coins, he decided to use the money to help others like him.
Not only did the 55-year-old former alcoholic paid off all his debts, but donated a large part of his winnings to a hostel for the homeless. He now wants to establish a foundation for addicts and women abused by their husbands.
Andraschek bought the lottery ticket on an impulse at a train station while travelling to Budapest for a workshop for recovering alcoholics.
"I had only picked six numbers and the female shop assistant reminded me that I needed to pick a seventh," he said.
"I told her to make it 24 — it doesn't matter, anyway."
He hasn’t been totally selfless. He has smartly brought a car for himself; gotten homes for each of his three children, paid off his relatives' debts and made plans to travel to Italy.
That goes to show, selflessness and charity never put a dent in your wealth; if anything it keeps you grounded and you don’t let things get out of hand.
Andraschek admits, "I have become rich but I have not become a different person."
"I could buy a large-screen TV because I can afford it, but I won't buy three because I can afford it," he adds.
Amazingly the fortune came to the lucky and generous Andraschek just when a new Hungarian law banning sleeping rough has come through. Keeping in mind that Hungary has 30,000 homeless people; Andraschek’s win is lucky for not only him but a large number of people others too.
Now here we have a hero.