By KELIN DILLON
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) officially announced the grand draw from Mexico’s National Lottery taking place in September, with prizes including box seats at the Azteca Stadium and the former residences of several drug lords.
The lottery initiative was previously revealed to the public on May 24, and features more than 250 million pesos worth of possible winnings.
López Obrador announced all proceeds from the draw would go to Mexico’s welfare programs, including health and education projects and infrastructure repairs.
“This is about returning assets that have been confiscated, between airplanes and residences, everything we can raffle, back to the people,” said AMLO during his daily press conference on the morning of Wednesday, June 16.
“Everything that is gained will be designated for the development of the country and the wellbeing of the people, to be used for education, for health, for the construction of roads in marginalized communities and to help poor people.”
The 22 prizes available will include properties seized from narco kingpins Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and “El Señor de los Cielos,” Amado Carrillo.
Each ticket will cost 250 pesos, with the drawing of the winner taking place at the National Lottery’s headquarters in Mexico City on Sept. 15 at 4 p.m.