Punjab, Sept 14, 2018 : Millions of people around the globe buy lottery tickets every day with the hope of changing their fortune and only a few successfully achieve it. A Punjab labourer borrowed Rs 200 from his neighbour and bought a lottery ticket, only to hit a jackpot of Rs 1.5 crore, reported IANS.
Manoj Kumar of Mandvi village in the Sangrur district could not believe his luck when he found that his lottery ticket number matched the winning number announced by the Punjab State lotteries on 29 August. The draw of the bumper was announced in Ludhiana for the Punjab State Rakhi Bumper 2018, according to IANS.
Until a few days back, Manoj Kumar and his wife Raj Kaur earned just Rs 250 every day, working as daily labourers at a local brick kiln near their village. Their life was limited to planning for the next 24 hours as they tried to meet the ends.
While speaking to The Times of India, Kumar said, "After my father died, I went back to the brick kiln. Even after putting in extra hours, I could never earn more than Rs 250 a day as I was paid 50 paise per brick." However, when an employee of the local post office turned up at his house and informed him that he has won the state government’s Rakhi bumper lottery, his life took a 360 degree turn.
"“I overheard the conversation my husband was having with the man from the post office. I thought they were just having a chat. But then the man came back with the newspaper and when Manoj matched the ticket number that he pulled out from his soiled trouser pocket, we were completely stunned.”" - Raj Kaur, wife of Manoj Kaur told The Times of India ‘Being Approached by Property Agents and Bankers’
Kumar who has already submitted the required documents to the state directorate for lotteries to claim his reward, said that he is being approached by property agents and bankers with investment offers worth several lakhs.
With the money he will get from his reward, Kumar wants to build a new house for his family. He also wants to educate his four children and start his own business.
Before he won the lottery, the eldest of his three daughters, who cleared her class 12 exam this year, had started looking for a job but now he has to tell her to end her quest for a job and start studying again, so that she can fulfill her dream of joining the police force.
“My second daughter wanted to become a nurse. Now, I want her to become a doctor. My third daughter is still in class 6. My son, who is in class 10 at the village school, wants to become a priest in the church and I will support him," he added.
Kumar’s father Hawa Singh spent his life mending punctured tyres and recently passed away. Kumar, who started working as a daily labourer from the age of 15, wished that if he would have won the lottery earlier, he would have been able to save his father, reported The Times of India.