A lottery vendor in Kollam has become a crorepati overnight after an unsold ticket won him first prize of Rs 12 crore in the Kerala government’s Christmas-New Year bumper issue.
The draw was held the other day but the winner could not be traced. The first prize winning ticket was sold by a wholesale lottery agent at Aryankavu near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border.
The winner, Sharafudeen, who returned from Saudi Arabia in 2013 after working there for nine years doing odd jobs, had been selling lottery tickets in and around Aryankavu.
He has been living in neighbouring Tenkasi in Tamil Nadu with his family for the past many years. He lives in a small house on ‘poramboke’ (government) land at Eravidharmapuram near Aryankavu in Kollam district, bordering Tamil Nadu.
“I want to build a house of my own, clear my debts and start a small business with the prize amount,” he said.
His family comprises his mother, two brothers, wife and son Pervez Musharraf, a Class 10 student. He also said that in the past, he used to win small prizes from the lottery, but that it was the first time that he hit a jackpot.
On Tuesday, he appeared before the Lottery Directorate in Thiruvananthapuram and produced the winning ticket. Sharafudeen would get about Rs 7.50 crore after 30% tax deduction and 10% agent commission in the prize money, sources said.
In September last year, a 24-year-old Idukki native Ananthu Vijayan, had won the Kerala government’s Thiruvonam Bumper 2020 winning Rs 12 crore. Ananthu also hailed from a humble family.