Speed Reading — Picasso Raffle - Level 3 — 300 wpm 

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A woman in Italy has suddenly become the owner of a Pablo Picasso painting. Claudia Borgogno, 58, won the Picasso in a charity raffle. Her son Lorenzo bought his mother the ticket as a Christmas present. The ticket cost €100 (about $110). The raffle draw was made on Wednesday and Ms Borgogno was the lucky winner. Lorenzo explained to reporters how he told his mother. He said: "When I arrived and I told her she has won a Picasso painting, she was like: 'Please don't joke'." He added: "It was maybe the best decision I've made in my life." His mother could not believe she had won and summed up her amazement in one word - incredible. She said: "I have never won anything before".

The Picasso painting is called Still Life. It was painted and signed by the artist in 1921. It shows a newspaper and a wine glass on a wood table. The charity draw took place in Paris at the international auction house Christies. The auction house valued the work of art as being worth $1.1 million. However, the billionaire art collector who donated the painting to the charity raffle said it was worth at least two or three times more than that. Christies sold 51,140 tickets for the charity raffle. All of the money it collected will go to provide water for villagers in Madagascar and Cameroon. An NGO will help to build and repair wells, washing facilities, and toilets in countryside villages.

Comprehension questions
  1. Who bought the woman the raffle ticket?
  2. How much did the raffle ticket cost?
  3. What did the woman tell her son when he told her she had won?
  4. What kind of decision did the woman's son say he made?
  5. What word did the woman use to sum up her win?
  6. What is the name of the Picasso painting the woman won?
  7. What was on a wood table in the painting besides a wine glass?
  8. How much did an auction house value the painting at?
  9. Who donated the painting to the charity raffle?
  10. Who will help to build and repair toilets and wells in Madagascar?

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