Kerala Onam Bumper: First prize goes to a temple clerk

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The Idukki native won the first prize at a time when his family was running from pillar to post to repair their 54-year-old dilapidated house. 

This year’s Kerala Onam Bumper lottery first prize of Rs.12 crore has gone to 24-year-old youth, who has been testing his luck for ending his family’s miseries.

Ananthu Vijayan, a native of Idukki, could get only Rs.5000 ever since he started buying lottery tickets, but the luck really smiled on him on Sunday when the results were announced. Ananthu could not believe himself when he saw the number in his ticket matched the first prize number.

According to News Minute, hours before the results were announced, Ananthu had joked to his friends that this time he will be the first prize winner. He could not believe himself when the joke came true by Sunday evening, when he finally cross checked his ticket with the results.

A native of Thovala at Kattappana, Ananthu had been working as a clerk at Ponneth Temple in Ernakulam’s Kadavanthra. He hails from a humble family which includes his parents and two siblings. His father works as a painting worker and his sister, who was previously employed as an accountant at a private firm in Kochi, lost her job during the lockdown, the News Minutes quoted News 18 Malayalam as saying.

‘It took hours for me to come out of the shock when I saw that my ticket won the first prize’, Ananthu told News 18 Malayalam. I could not even sleep at night, he added. Ananthu says, after learning about the result, he straight away called his family back in Idukki. But he adds that even the family took a while to believe that he really won Rs 12 crore.

Ananthu had bought the ticket -- BR 75 TB 173964 -- from a Tamil Nadu native man Azhakachamy, who works under Vigneshwara Lottery Agencies owned by a Kannur native. According to reports, after deducting the taxes and agency commission, Ananthu will receive Rs 7.56 crore in total.While agency commission is 10 per cent of the prize money, a 30 per cent of the prize money will go as income tax, besides surcharge and cess.

The luck has smiled on the family at a time when they were running from pillar to post for repairing their 55 year old house which is in shambles. Though they applied for financial aid under the Life Mission project, their application was turned down. Anananth’s house is located on a hilltop in Thovala in Kattappana, a region with severe water scarcity issues. With no source of drinking water, the family has to buy water for even household purposes.

Though Ananthu has many issues to tackle, including his sister’s marriage and building a new house, the youth says that he has not planned anything yet, He said he will chalk out his plans after he gets the money in his. He plans to continue with his work until then.

The bumper lottery is one of the biggest cash flows in Kerala. The state government organises four festival bumper draws on Onam, Vishu, Christmas and Pooja/Dussehra. Apart from the seven daily and multiple bumper draws, there are two seasonal jackpots, the monsoon and summer bumper draws as well.

Though the Lotteries Department was sceptic about the success of the lottery due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Onam bumper turned out to be a huge success. According to a report in Malayala Manorma, 44.09 lakh out of 44.10 lakh tickets printed for the bumper was sold out.

The family had been reportedly trying for government aids to repair their 55 year old house which is in shambles. Though they applied for aid under the Life Mission project, their application was turned down. His house is located on a hilltop in Thovala in Kattappana, a region with severe water scarcity issues. With no source of drinking water, the family has to buy water for even household purposes.

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