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Mexican billionaires contribute to presidential plane raffle

Mexico City: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that business leaders had pledged to buy 80 million dollars worth of tickets in a raffle he organised to fund the upkeep of his predecessor’s presidential plane.
Among those attending a dinner organised for the purpose of gathering pledges were Carlos Slim, a Mexican billionaire, and Daniel Servitje, the chief executive of bakery company giant Grupo Bimbo.
“It’s not mandatory, it’s voluntary,” the president said of the ticket purchases at a press conference. Lopez Obrador said he would hold a 6-million-ticket raffle to raise about 160 million dollars. (AFP)