Pennsylvania Man Wins Raffle for Million-Dollar Picasso Piece


0  Updated at 4:15 am, December 19th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images(WEXFORD, Penn.) —  One Pennsylvania resident received a bargain when a $140 ticket won him a million dollar Picasso piece at an international raffle Wednesday.

Jeffrey Gonano, 25, from Wexford, won Pablo Picasso’s 1914 “L’Homme au Gibus,” or “Man With Opera Hat” after buying one of 50,000 tickets sold online in a fundraiser, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“I never thought I would win, I just saw a news article on Yahoo and bought a ticket,” he told the Tribune-Review. “I don’t even know why.”

Gonano was on the hunt for a new art piece for his home. He has no plans to showcase the work on his wall and said he may lend it to a museum for display.

A computer in Paris’ Sotheyby’s picked the winning ticket, which was up for sale by an association working to preserve the city of Tyre in Lebanon.

Participants from across the globe took part in the raffle, with buyers from France and Kyrgyzstan.

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