Hundreds of Istanbulites rushed to the city's historic Eminönü neighborhood during the final hours of 2019 to buy a lottery ticket for this year's New Year's Special jackpot, which will award a whopping TL 80 million.
Despite unusually bad weather – stormy weather with winds reaching 100 kilometers per hour – locals seeking a fast track to riches formed long lines in front of Nimet Abla, a small vendor that became somewhat of a myth after selling numerous winning tickets over the years.
Surpassing the borders of Istanbul, Nimet Abla's fame reached far and wide across Turkey, as people started coming to Eminönü from all corners of the country.
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