In a bizarre turn of events, the person who won the Rs 8-crore jackpot prize money of Kerala Government’s Onam bumper lottery is nowhere to be seen.
According to officials, the lucky ticket, bearing number TC 788368, was sold to a person near Sastha Temple at Kuthiran on the national highway between Thrissur and Palakkad districts.
Vendor Santhosh, who sold the ticket, told officials that he had a vague idea about the person who could have been a pilgrim who came to see temples in Kerala.
Officials assume that he might be a traveler or someone from other states, who came for a short stay to Kerala.
Santosh said he bought the lucky ticket from an agency in Trissur owned by KD Johnson near the crowded Sakthan Thamburan bus stand.
He added this is the first time in life that a ticket sold by him bagged such a huge jackpot money.
Some of the other tickets sold in Thrissur also got prizes, including three second prize worth Rs 50 lakh each and four of the third prize worth Rs 10 lakh each.
The Thrissur ticket office had also distributed four of the fourth prizes worth Rs 1 lakh also.
This time the Thrissur lottery office sold a highest ever number of 7.96 lakh tickets during Onam festival.
Ramalingam, a vendor from nearby temple town of Guruvayur, bagged a prize money of Rs 50 lakh.
He had bought 60 tickets this time and set aside one that later made him a rich man. Ramalingam, a native of Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district, has been selling lottery tickets for last three decades.
The results of the annual Thiruvonam Bumper lottery were announced by Kerala government at 3:30 pm on Friday.