The results of Kerala bumper lottery worth Rs 12 crore was released after a draw held at Thiruvananthapuram in the presence of state government officials.
Girish had been purchasing lottery tickets for 16 years, but this is the first time that he has won the first prize. Using the prize money, Girish plans to own a piece of land and a house.
In a strange twist of fate lottery agent Moleparambil Jacob Kurian, alias Yakob, claimed on Tuesday the ticket which fetched the coveted prize is with him.
The first prize for the ticket worth Rs.300 is Rs.12 crore. The second prize is Rs.3 crore and the third prize Rs.60 lakh.
Lady Luck favoured the fish vendor at a time when fish sales had hit rock bottom and he was finding it difficult to manage day-to-day requirements.
The winner T K Siju, who is an overseer with the KSEB at its Pala office, had purchased the ticket only at 2 pm on Saturday, the day of the draw.
After deducting agent commission of 10 per cent and Income Tax, the recipient would get a sum of Rs 7.39 crores.
The lottery dip which took place at Gorkhi Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram was inaugurated by Minister of Finance KN Balagopal.
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Last November, Tamil Nadu had promulgated an ordinance banning online gambling, and earlier this year, Kerala had imposed a ban on online rummy games.