The raffle for Mexico’s presidential plane took place this Tuesday in the salon of the Moro building of the National Lottery. A hundred winners will pocket 20 million pesos, including a few hospitals on the public network and a rural school, along with dozens of other people.
In late 2018, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that the presidential plane, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner valued at 280 million, would be auctioned in a national raffle and sold another hundred planes that represented the opulence and waste of other governments, one of which his own promised to go away.
Thousands of people were hoping for some tickets, which went on sale on March 9th at a price of 500 pesos (about 20 euros), while some institutions and public hospitals received some of the ballot papers out of courtesy.
There are exactly three public hospitals that have reached a “small piece” of the plane. These are two medical centers in Nayarit and Michoacán that are part of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and one in Zacatecas that is part of the Institute of Social Security and Services for Government Employees (ISSSTE).