An auto driver who won Kerala lottery at Rs 12 crore
After much speculation, a 58-year-old rickshaw driver from the Ernakulam district of Kerala was declared the winner of the state government's Rs 12 million Lotto Thiruvonam Bumper.
Jayapalan PR, a resident of Maradu, Kochi, was the first lottery winner to be certified after submitting the original copy of the winning ticket to the nearby bank branch. After taxes and brokerage fees, he collects just under 7.4 billion rupees. Jayapalan told local media that he bought the ticket on September 10 in Thripunithura at the Meenakshi Lucky Center, an agency that made many people happy. He had chosen the winning ticket mainly because the number seemed 'chic' to him.
The ticket costs 300 rupees. He said he had bought lottery tickets regularly and had already won 5,000 rupees. On Sunday afternoon, he realized he was the winner when the lottery number flashed on TV screens during the Thiruvananthapuram drawing, which was overseen by two state government ministers. He reportedly told his son about the ticket but did not relay the news to his friends or family. On Monday he checked the news in the newspaper and immediately went to the bank to deposit the card.
When asked what he would do with the prize money,Jayapalan said, “ I have some debts that I would want to pay off. I also have ongoing civil cases in the court which I wish to clear. I want to provide good education to my children and financially support my sisters“
His mother said, “ We were floating in depth. If not for this lottery, my son wouldn’t have been able to pay them off. I think God saw my tears and helped us.”
Previously, there was confusion about who won the lottery after Sayed Alavi, manager of a Dubai hotel in the Wayanad district of Kerala, claimed he was the winner. He said that his friend in Kerala who bought the ticket for him sent him a photo of the winning ticket. However, it later emerged that Alavi's friend had betrayed him. In the hours following the lottery, TV stations and thousands of people on social media shared information that would lead to the winner of the largest state lottery.
In addition to the Rs 12 crore jackpot, the raffle also included prizes of Rs 1 crore for six winners, Rs 10 lakh for 12 winners, Rs 5 lakh for 12 winners and Rs 1 lakh for 108 winners. The cash price is calculated after deducting taxes and commissions for the agency and the ticket seller.
The state government's lottery department said it printed 54 lakh tickets for the Thiruvonam Outstanding Lottery this year, all of which were sold. The department had printed 10 more lakh tickets than last year. Sales of the bumper that year totalled Rs 126 crore.
Sources:- The Indian Express
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