Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won’t raffle off his ‘Air Force One’
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has grounded his plan to raffle off the country’s $130 million version of Air Force One — opting instead to keep the plane and run a state-sponsored lottery to pay for it, according to news reports.
The socialist president — who has said the pimped-out Boeing 787 Dreamliner he inherited from his predecessor was too fancy for his tastes — claims 100 winners will get $1 million each, and the other $59 million of a total expected $159 million windfall from the raffle will offset the plane’s maintenance costs.
Meanwhile, he’ll keep trying to sell off the unwanted aircraft, El Universal newspaper reported.
“We’re doing this so that we don’t auction it off cheaply, so that we aren’t in a rush,” Lopez Obrador told the paper. “I’m sure that all the tickets will be sold.”
The 6 million raffle tickets are scheduled to go on sale March 1 for 500 pesos each — about $26 — at more than 5,600 vending sites throughout the country, according to the Yucatan Times.
Winners will be picked on Sept. 15, the paper said.
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