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Picasso lottery to help needy countries

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/19/20, 11:05 am

The winner of a raffle by Christie’s Paris could own a painting by Pablo Picasso for less than the cost of a trip on an airplane. The auction house sold tickets for 100 euros ($109) each for a chance to win the 1921 oil on canvas Nature Morte in a drawing on Wednesday. Pandemic restrictions in France delayed the event by eight weeks. Christie’s said it sold only 50,000 tickets, one-fourth of the anticipated 200,000, due to the pandemic.

Will the drawing aid the fight against COVID-19? Raffle organizers said they raised $5.4 million to provide access to clean water—an essential for washing hands and staying healthy during the pandemic—to communities in Cameroon, Madagascar, and Morocco. The majority of the buyers are from France, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • TWH
    Posted: Thu, 05/21/2020 01:52 pm

    I hate to be critical because I greatly value the Sift and Ms Ohikere's reporting.

    Celebreation of lottery winnings have no place among Christians, even if they are "for a good cause." When we give, it should never be in hope of great (worldly) gain or at the expense of others who had the experience of losing. 

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