Kottayam: Lady Luck has smiled on a Keralite youth, who lost his job amid the COVID-19 crisis in the UK. Shibu Paul of Vaikom in Kottayam has won a Lamborghini worth 2 lakh Pounds (approximately Rs 1.9 crore) and 20,000 Pounds (about Rs 19 lakh) in cash in a gaming contest.
Shibu, son of P O Pylee and Thresiyamma, and his wife Lynette Joseph hit the jackpot while playing an online gaming contest conducted by the Best of the Best, a 1999-founded speciality lottery company in England.
The participants have to clearly mark the football as two-star players vie for the ball in a picture. "We lost the first two times. But we were lucky the third time," Shibu said over the phone from Nottingham.
On Tuesday evening, the contest organisers took Shibu and Lynette outside their home and pointed at the Lamborghini parked on the roadside. The couple were stunned to have landed such a big prize. Also, one-year insurance and petrol expenses are free.
But Shibu realised that such a big car is too much of a luxury and opted to accept the equivalent price of the car.
Five people can travel in the Lamborghini Urus, which is a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). The ex-showroom price of the car in India is Rs 3.1 crore.
Shibu, who worked as a sound engineer in Kochi, left for England last year after his wedding.
His wife Lynette works as a nurse at Nottingham.
What is the game
London-based Best of the Best PLC or BOTB runs online weekly competitions wherein participants get a chance to win a dream car and cash. Earlier, the game centres were at airports and shopping centres across the UK.
To enter the Dream Car and Midweek Car competitions, one should buy tickets that are prized according to the prizes one would like to win.
Thereafter, the game begins. One need to spot a ball in a picture.