El Chapo

El Chapo

Not to be sniffed at: Win El Chapo’s hideout (with escape tunnel) in lottery

Some lucky lottery winner could soon be moving into convicted Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo’s safehouse!

El Chapo

El Chapo

Dreaming of hitting the lottery jackpot? Well, the Mexican government is giving away the house of former drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán used as a hideout in 2014 when Mexican marines had him surrounded in the national lottery. 

The house had been abandoned for years and the marines did some damage when they searched it, so repairs were necessary.

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El Chapo was the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel that was infamous for drug trafficking, money laundering and other crimes. El Chapo hid from the police in 2014 inside his Culiacan home in northwest Mexico. 

According to Associated Press, the two-bedroom home is worth $183 000 (R2 614 832). The home went up for auction last year with the bidding starting at $130 000 (R1 854 776), but no one seemed interested in it at the time. 


Mexico’s Institute to Return Stolen Goods to the People (INDEP) has already touched up El Chapo’s home and it is ready for its next owner. Before the house was renovated, this is what you would find inside.

The convicted drug lord built himself a tunnel underneath his bathtub that he used to flee from the Mexican authorities who were after him. The tunnel El Chapo built was three kilometers long and reportedly cost him $50 000 (roughly R7 million) to build. 

Unfortunately for him, his freedom was short-lived and he was captured by authorities a few days after. 

The 64-year-old drug lord has a reputation for escaping from authorities. He first escaped from prison in 2001 in a laundry cart with the help of police officers.

He escaped the second time in 2015 through a tunnel from the shower of the Federal Social Readaptation Center No 1 a maximum-security prison in Mexico, to a nearby house.

It seems El Chapo had a lot of experience with tunnels. 

El Chapo was convicted of more than 12 charges, including international drug trafficking, conspiracy and money laundering. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Unfortunately for South Africans, this one is only available for anyone in Mexico right now. A lottery ticket is selling for $12.50 (R178,34) and the draw will take place today (15 September) which is a day before Mexico’s Independence Day.