Pernik has been a source of many headlines in 2012 for the 5.8 Richter scale earthquake that hit the mining town six months ago, laying waste to a large number of homes – but now Pernik has at least one happy man: Rossen Rusimov, who won about 4.7 million leva (about 2.4 million euro) in the state lottery on November 18.
Since the draw produced two winners a few days ago, Bulgarian-language media have been in pursuit of the identities of Bulgaria’s newest millionaires, in Pernik and in the village of Boboshevo.
November 21 saw television and media reports of interviews with Rusimov, nicknamed “The Dwarf” who has already hosted friends at a celebration at a restaurant. An owner of machine engineering businesses, Rusimov said that he would be investing in new machinery and equipment, that would put his businesses on an even keel, while some of the money would go to charity.
The 47-year-old, married with two children, said that he had donated money to people before, after the May 22 2012 earthquake that hit Pernik.
However, in Boboshevo, a small town about 75km south of Bulgarian capital city Sofia and about four km from the main road to Greece, whoever of its population of just more than 1400 people suddenly has 4.7 million leva to spend is keeping quiet about it.
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