SPAIN: Man wins $3.5m jackpot for planting saplings

A Spanish man won $3 million dollars in a jackpot Sunday when he planted more than three million saplings in a tree on the outskirts of the capital Madrid.

The man, identified only as Antonio, had a large number of saplings planted on the tree, and he had no idea of the odds of winning, said Antonio, who lives in the town of Seville.

“I planted it all on my own,” he told The Associated Press.

The money was distributed to about 50 people in the city.

“We were all shocked and happy,” said Antonio.

“The tree was so big and beautiful, we thought we had won,” said another man who was not involved in the jackpot, who asked to remain anonymous.

“It’s very difficult to describe, but it’s just a miracle that I got it all,” the man said.

A Spanish television station reported that the jackpots were distributed among 50 winners.

The city’s mayor, Miguel Angel Sanchez, said he had been told the odds were about 1 in 7 million.