Due to the coronavirus, many people’s lives have turned upside down, and they have faced many problems and hardships. Some lost their jobs or are waiting to be able to earn money again, but all of us would like for the current situation to end so that everything can go back to normal. Well, there was a Hungarian couple who were under the breadline but got lucky, and their life has forever changed.
The Andrascheks are two of the very few people who have openly talked about winning the lottery, their experience, their financial situation, and their everyday life. They are also some of the even fewer people who have not squandered their winnings on random luxury items but have made a living.
According to Index’s interview, back in 2013, the couple had money issues. They had a hard time paying the bills, sometimes they slept in homeless shelters and even had a hard time buying their everyday bread. But then seven numbers changed everything: 3, 7, 8, 16, 17, 21, 24 were the numbers that won them HUF 626 million (€1.7 million).
They won an unimaginable amount of money, but they were smart and have not spent all of the winnings on luxurious items and things they did not need. The Andraschek couple has invested their money in the long run.
Index could only contact them via the phone, and they were also affected by the pandemic. Anikó told the interviewer that, luckily, they did not get sick and are on the path of being inoculated.
According to their discussion, Anikó said that they even have some money still from the original winning. The family have bought some real estate for themselves and for investment purposes. Anikó also mentioned that for a short time, they tried the entrepreneur’s life and opened a café. In the end, they closed it; as she put it, it was generating loss and so they put the premises up for sale.
Anikó notes that due to the pandemic, the housing market is not as lively, but luckily, they have managed to rent all of their homes and apartments out for tenants.
Anikó told the interviewer that their current days are rather uneventful and that they are taking care of each other. She mentioned that many of their dreams have come true thanks to the lucky numbers. Her husband could afford to visit his sibling in Canada, and he was able to see Niagara Falls.
Unfortunately for Anikó, she has panic disorder, so she cannot really travel by plane or by ship. They would go somewhere near, but – just as almost everyone else – they cannot plan their travels now.
Anikó has three children, and although all of them are working, they were able to buy the house or apartment they wanted and a car for each of their children, with which they could have a great head start in their life.
From below the breadline, they have become wealthy thanks to luck and responsible thinking, and now they employ people to help them around the house.
Anikó’s advice was that “You do not save when you have nothing, even an idiot knows that. You have to think about trying times when you have [money]”.