Robbing Hood! Argentine thief known as ‘Rambito’ promises to pay back his victims and never steal again after winning $850,000 lottery
- Marcelo Paredes sought out two mugging victims after winning an $850,046 jackpot in the Argentine lottery
- The 37-year-old, known to authorities as ‘Rambito,’ played the same six numbers – 3, 9, 12, 17, 21 and 31 – he had selected for the last 15 years in the Quini 6 lottery
- After winning the December 12, 2021 prize, Paredes visited a Puerto Madryn local police station and told the officers he would cease his life of crime
- Paredes then located two of his mugging victims and paid back double the amount of the money he had stolen from them
A 37-year-old career criminal vowed to cease his life of crime and repay his previous victims after hitting a lottery jackpot in Argentina.
Marcelo Paredes, known to local authorities as ‘Rambito,’ guessed each of the six winning numbers on the Quini 6 lottery drawing on December 12, 2021, Argentine newspaper La Jornada revealed this week.
Paredes had a rap sheet that included arrests for robberies, theft and concealment, and was convicted seven times.
He’d often target tourists and was signaled as being part of a gang that in 2017 broke into multiple homes in the northern Patagonia coastal city of Puerto Madryn.
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Marcelo Paredes, who had been convicted seven times in Argentina, retired from his criminal ways in December 2021 when he finally won $94,358,475 Argentine pesos ($850,046 USD) in the lotto and decided to seek out and pay back two of his previous mugging victims
The winning numbers of the Quini 6 lottery in Argentina that were drawn on December 12, 2021. The jackpot of $94,358,475 Argentine pesos ($850,046 USD) was won by Marcelo Paredes, a career criminal with seven convictions
He was last arrested in November 2021 when he challenged the police to a fight after he was stopped for evading a checkpoint.
A stickler for the lottery, Paredes would always find himself broke after blowing his stolen cash on gambling.
Which is why his old gambling habits finally paid off in December when he purchased a ticket for popular lottery game in Argentina using the same six numbers – 3, 9, 12, 17, 21 and 31 – he religiously played for the last 15 years.
Paredes walked away with $94,358,475 Argentine pesos ($850,046 USD) but was required to pay a 27 percent tax on his winnings, which left him with $68,032,460 pesos ($612,912 USD).
After learning that he had gone from rags to riches, Paredes appeared in front of the local police station in Puerto Madryn to announce his retirement from his criminal ways.
‘Guy, I will not steal anymore,’ he promised a group of cops, who laughed in bewilderment.
After telling the cops that his newfound legal riches would finally allow him to have the life he always desired without have to commit any crimes, Paredes tracked down two of his victims and returned double the money he had stolen.