Temple Worker Wins Rs 12 CroreOctober 15th 2020 14:20
A young Keralite man has had an amazing stroke of luck by winning Rs 12 crore in the Onam Lottery. Ananthu Vijayan, who works as a clerk in a temple in Ernakulam, is from a poor family in the Idukki district of Kerala, and this massive win has come at a perfect time for Vijayan and his family, who have been suffering through Covid-19. He bought his lottery ticket 173964 from an agent in September and was amazed when he won the jackpot prize. The draw took place on Sunday 21st September.
Ananthu bought his lottery ticket TB173964 from an agent in September and was amazed when he won the jackpot prize. The draw took place on Sunday 21st September.
“When I got a call I thought somebody was playing a prank with me. But when I checked the news I couldn’t believe it! On Sunday morning I had shared a joke with my friends saying the Onam bumper will change my fate. It proved right. My first priority is to shift from the present area and buy a small house somewhere near Ernakulam. I will start some small-time business with my father.” Vijayan was previously a regular lottery player, once winning Rs 5,000.
The Onam Lottery had tickets priced at Rs 300 each, with the second prize being shared by a group of six women from a self-help group. They will now share the Rs 1 crore prize between themselves. The lottery has returned after a three-month suspension due to Coronavirus restrictions in India, and will go a long way in helping the 35,000 agents and the 1.5 lakh retailers of lottery tickets in the state start to recover financially.
The international lotteries this week all see a big jump in prize money, with the USA’s Mega Millions jackpot set to land the winner $77 million, while the rival Powerball main prize is just ahead on $82 million. In Europe, the EuroMillions top prize is worth €55 million and the UK Lotto jackpot is at £3.8 million.
Written by Andrew Thomas