Most people dream of getting rich overnight. For a Beijing resident that dream has just come true. Last week it emerged that a Beijinger has just won Rmb570 million ($89.7 million) in the state lottery. That’s the single largest payout in China’s lottery history. The ticket was sold at a store in the Sanlitun district, with the shop’s owner recollecting that the winner was not one of his regulars and spent Rmb200 buying numbers. According to the Legal Evening News the winner is yet to pick up the prize, but has 60 days to do so. He’ll probably remain anonymous: an official from the lottery told the newspaper that privacy issues meant that “we will handle this in a low-key way and not expose the identity of the winner”. The lottery itself raises money for welfare projects, with takings last year of Rmb127 billion. But whenever there is a big win, accusations of skullduggery abound (see WiC36 for examples). Legal Evening News reports that the winner of the latest bonanza will also pay tax of around Rmb100 million on the winnings.
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