The Mexican government needs money to further roll out its Covid vaccine programme. As part of their efforts, the government has launched a mega raffle scheduled for September.
Anyone over 18-years-old can enter the mega raffle and will stand to win terrific, albeit strange, prizes. This includes 22 of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's properties scattered across the country.
The New York Post reports that the grand prize is the giant compound in Tlalpan where El Chapo set up shop. The almost 1,000 square meter mansion features nine bedrooms and an indoor pool. It has a market value of around $4 million.
The other 21 properties aren't that glamorous or huge. Although, one of the properties is famous for when El Chapo was arrested there. It was one of his safehouses and featured a bathtub concealing a hidden tunnel that the Mexican fled through – naked – while attempting to escape arrest.
Other prizes include a corporate box at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City owned by the Mexican government. There are more mansions and houses owned by another drug lord named Amado Carrillo Fuentes too.
Mexican President, Lopez Obrador, said the money made from selling these items "will help in the purchase of vaccines and medicines and given away as scholarships".
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