Bumper Lottery: Luck for an auto driver, lottery worth 25 crores!

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On Sunday, Anup, an auto driver from Srivaraham in Thiruvananthapuram, won this year's Onam bumper lottery worth Rs 25 crore, which he bought from Bhagwati Agency, reports ANI.

32-year-old Anoop, who works as an autorickshaw driver, had no hope and is in full swing. Earlier he was working as a chef in a hotel and was planning to move to Malaysia to work as a chef. He approached the bank for a loan and his loan was approved.

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Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal conducted the lucky draw on Sunday afternoon in the presence of Transport Minister Antony Raju and Vattiyoorkavu MLA VK Prashanth.

This year's Onam bumper price is the highest in the history of the Kerala lottery which was Rs 25 crores. At the same time, the price of the second prize was Rs 5 crore and the cost of the third prize was Rs 1 crore for 10 people.

Ticket number TJ-750605 won the first prize and everyone was curious to know who was the lucky winner. Later Anoop claimed that he was the lucky winner. After the deduction of tax, Anoop will get Rs 15 crore 75 lakh.

This year 67 lakh Onam bumper tickets were printed and almost all the tickets were sold out. The ticket cost was Rs 500. Lotteries are one of the main sources of income for the Government of Kerala. The lottery agent, Thankraj, who sells tickets, will also get a commission.

Onam began on 30 August with Atham and concluded with Thiruvonam. Thiruvonam marks the end of the Onam festival. Onam is celebrated in the memory of good governance under the rule of King Mahabali, who ruled Kerala.

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It was celebrated through various rituals which were observed by one and all. Onam is a harvest festival, celebrated mainly by Malayalees. The festival is an opportunity for family and friends to come together and indulge in traditional games, music, and dance and take part in a grand feast, 'Onasadya'.