Numancia midfielder nets 150,000-euro lottery win

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MADRID - Numancia midfielder Mario Martinez won 150,000 euros ($210,000) in Spain's Christmas lottery, Spanish media reported on Tuesday. The player, who Marca newspaper said earned around 200,000 euros a year, said he could not believe his luck. "I never play the lottery except the Christmas one because it's especially exciting," he told the paper, adding that he did not have any special plans on how to spend the cash. The lottery success caps a fine year for the 23-year-old. He scored the winning goal in Numancia's 1-0 victory over Barcelona on the opening day of the season, the only defeat the Catalans have suffered this term.