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‘I’ve never won anything’: Woman wins Picasso painting worth $1.67m in raffle

Nature Morte by Picasso. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

It’s a great feeling when you win the Tuesday night meat raffle at the local pub. 

But do you know what’s better? 

Winning a Pablo Picasso painting in a charity raffle worth €1 million, or AU$1.67 million. 

Italian woman Claudia Borgogno had the winning ticket in a French charity raffle after being gifted the ticket by her son for Christmas. He had bought two tickets, both worth €100 and kept the other for himself. 

The painting, Nature Morte, was painted in 1921 and shows a glass of absinthe and a newspaper. 

“Incredible," Borgogno said after winning the painting. 

"I have never won anything before."

Borgogno, an accountant, lives in northern Italy, one of the worst-hit regions of the coronavirus and the first region outside of China to completely lock down. 

Her son Lorenzo Naso said buying the tickets was “maybe the best decision of my life”. 

Naso said he hadn’t realised the draw was being held, after being postponed from March. So when the organisers called to tell him of the win, he was shocked. 

“When I arrived and I told her she has won she was like: ‘Please don’t joke’,” he said.

Naso said the painting was a bright point in a dark few months. 

“It was a pretty awful period for us during this lockdown and now its great news,” he said.

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