Sept 22, 2021: A 58-year-old auto-rickshaw driver won Rs 12 crore lottery. Hailing from Kerala’s Ernakulam district, he was declared the winner of the state government’s Rs 12 crore Thiruvonam Bumper Lottery.
Auto driver won Rs 12 crore lottery
After submitting the actual copy of the prize-winning ticket to a local bank office, Jayapalan P R, a resident of Maradu in Kochi, was recognized as the lottery’s first prize winner. He is set to collect approximately Rs 7.4 crore when taxes and the agency’s commission are deducted.
Jayapalan told the local media that he purchased the ticket on September 10 from Meenakshi Lucky Centre in Tripunithura, an agency that has brought luck to many people. He chose the specific prize-winning ticket because the number sounded “snazzy” to him. The ticket cost Rs 300. He claimed that he buys lottery tickets on a regular basis and has previously won Rs 5,000.
Auto driver won Rs 12 crore lottery, wants to pay off debts
He began to realise he was the winner on Sunday afternoon, when the ticket number snapped on TV screens during the draw in Thiruvananthapuram, overseen by two ministers of the state government. He allegedly told his son about the ticket but kept the information from his friends and family. On Monday, he cross-checked the news in the newspaper and went straight to the bank to deposit the ticket.
“I have some debts that I want to pay off,” Jayapalan said when asked what he would do with the prize money. “I also have two civil cases in court that I’d like to resolve. I want to give my children a good education and financially support my sisters.”
“We were bobbing in debts,” his mother told the channel. “My son would not have been able to pay them off if it hadn’t been for the lottery. I believe God saw my weeping and intervened to help us.”
Confusion over lottery winner
There had been some confusion over the lottery winner after Sayed Alavi, a cook at a hotel in Dubai who hails from Kerala‘s Wayanad district, claimed to be the winner. He claimed that a photograph of the winning ticket had been sent to him by a friend in Kerala who had purchased the ticket for him. However, it was later discovered that Alavi’s friend had duped him. In the hours after the lottery draw, TV stations and tens of thousands of people on social media disseminated information that would lead to the winner of the state’s largest lottery.
Apart from the Rs 12 crore jackpot, the lottery also had prizes of Rs 1 crore each for six winners, Rs 10 lakh each for 12 winners, Rs 5 lakh each for 12 winners and Rs 1 lakh each for 108 winners. The prize money is computed after deduction of taxes and commission for the agency and the ticket seller.
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The lotteries department of the state government said it had printed 54 lakh tickets this year for the Thiruvonam bumper lottery, all of which got sold out. The department had printed 10 lakh tickets more than last year. The sales from the bumper amounted to Rs 126 crore this year.
The total revenue generated from the sale of Onam bumper lottery tickets is around Rs 140 crore, of which, after all expenses, the state exchequer will get around Rs 4 crore only.