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San José, Costa Rica ||  Friday Edition, October 20, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 207
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The Christmas little fat man may turn you into a millionaire
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Thursday, the Junta de Proteción Social,  announced the annual Christmas lottery is ready for sale. It is locally known as the Gordito Navideño and this year it will pay more than 1,600 colones in prices.

There will be four versions of the draft, all of them for the same amount, meaning 6,400,0000 will be shared by all the winners.

El Gordo is already on the street. The 2017 draw expects to generate 4,300 million colones for social organizations.

Delia Villalobos, president of the Junta, said that in 2016, they managed to pay 100 percent of the prizes, which created 90 new millionaires.

Lottery players will have to pay 2,000 colones per ticket fraction, which will pay 40 million and 80 thousand colones for the whole ticket, called a draft.

Those a little more daring, will have to pay 320 000 colones, if they want to buy four of the same draft and seek to win all the 6,400,000.

Claudio Madrigal, marketing manager, said this new draw will create high expectations.

Junta Protección Social photo      
The white walking ball has bought good news for many Costa
Ricans for several decades.
The second prize will pay 160 million and the third, 80 million colones.

He explained that they have a lot of tours scheduled so that all people have the opportunity to buy from direct vendors.

So far the Junta has organized 57 Christmas draws, the first big prize paid 1 million colones.

The draw results will be ready on December 17th, at 7:00 p.m.

Attracting the vote of the young: A challenge before the upcoming elections
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An undecided and changing scenario is presented to the Costa Rican electorate just three months before the presidential elections. Political parties will have to consider stronger strategies to capture the young population.

For the 2018 elections, the “under 30’s” will represent about 40 percent of the voters, so they can define a winner.

A survey by the Center for Research and Policy Studies from the University of Costa Rica, shows that two of every three voters lack sympathy for a party or a candidate. Some hesitate to vote and others, even those willing to go to the polls, do not know yet who to support. The survey was based on 1,029 interviews conducted by telephone between October 3 and 12.

According to the director of the Center, Felipe Alpízar, the survey shows clearly that the political loyalties that existed in the past no longer exist and that today's electorate is more demanding and even more analytical.

"The other characteristic of the electorate is its volatility , that is, it can change from one candidate to another from one day to another, those partisan loyalties and purposes that existed in the past are already gone, "Alpízar said.

According to the research, Antonio Álvarez Desanti leads with 19.6 percent of support, Juan Diego Castro is second with 12.6 percent, Rodolfo Piza comes third with 11 percent and Carlos Alvarado is fourth with 6.3 percent.

The movement of supporters is due to several reasons. The parties seem weaker, their grassroots voter base is very small and many of the candidates have been in the middle of political crises, facing corruption scandals and even internal divisions, explained the political scientist, Ronald Alfaro.

"Ticos have a firmly belief in the vote, but that belief could weaken with newer generations," Alfaro said.

The study says corruption has grown as one of the main problems that concerns the citizens, along with unemployment.

Supreme Court of Elections photo         
The generational gap between old time politicians and
younger decision makers worries the campaigners.
The group of undecided voters is described by the experts as very hard to persuade because they are more informed, more critical, they study the candidates and their proposals, see debates and are very attuned to network television and social networks. This represents a great challenge for the candidates.

In the case of the PAC candidate, Carlos Alvarado, he sees it from a positive perspective and also as a great challenge for the following three months: he will try to convince those who will decide the future of the country.

"I see it with a degree of optimism and desire to work, we keep a similar support level that puts us between 8 percent and 6 percent, "he said.

Alvarado insists that the great challenge as a country is to tell people that they can make changes and get them to the polls on February 4, 2018

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