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An Italian accountant whose son acquired her the raffle ticket as a Xmas current received a Pablo Picasso oil painting valued at €1 million euros ($ million US) in a charity attract on Wednesday.

Claudia Borgogno summed up her amazement in a person term: “Incredible.”

“I have in no way received everything ahead of,” the fifty eight-yr-outdated explained to The Affiliated Push from her property in Ventimiglia, in northern Italy. She mentioned she likes Picasso, and the prospect of getting able to hang a person of the twentieth Century master’s paintings on her wall was however sinking in.

Her son, Lorenzo Naso, acquired two tickets in December, sending a person to his mom.

“It was perhaps the very best selection in my everyday living,” he explained to The AP.

The ticket was picked out in an electronic attract at the auction residence Christie’s in Paris.

Organizers valued the painting, Mother nature Morte, or Continue to Life, as getting value €1 million. The billionaire art collector who furnished it, David Nahmad, mentioned the do the job is value “at minimum two, three moments” that.

“Claudia has received this amazing painting tonight that is value a person million and so is a millionaire,” organizer Peri Cochin declared just after Borgogno’s name and profitable ticket variety were being displayed on a monitor.

The 51,a hundred and forty tickets sold on line for €100 (about $109 US) each. Proceeds are going to present water for villagers in Madagascar and Cameroon.

Raffle organizer Peri Cochin gestures as Claudia Borgogno’s name is displayed on-monitor in Paris on Wednesday. The profitable ticket was picked by electronic attract. (John Leicester/Affiliated Push)

The attract was at first scheduled for March, but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Naso explained to The AP that he hadn’t realized it was having put Wednesday and wasn’t watching the stay broadcast. The connect with from organizers to say that his mom experienced received arrived as shock.

She did not imagine it.

“When I arrived and I explained to her she has received she was like, ‘Please do not joke,”‘ he mentioned.

“She is not going to snooze tonight.”

Naso, an analyst for the European Union’s securities marketplaces regulator, life in Paris but has been keeping with his mom in Italy through the coronavirus lockdown.

“It was a pretty terrible period for us through this lockdown and now it is excellent news,” he mentioned.

Nahmad will be paid out €900,000 for the do the job. The painting was the smallest of 300 is effective by Picasso that he owns, the biggest personal selection of is effective by the Spanish artist. The modest however everyday living, which is signed “Picasso,” shows a newspaper and a glass of absinthe on a wood table. Picasso painted it in 1921.

Tickets were being acquired in far more than a hundred nations, with the bulk sold in France, the United States, Switzerland and Italy. The winner of a identical raffle in 2013 was a 25-yr-outdated hearth sprinkler worker from Pennsylvania.