A case of taking the mickey? Or just a prudent attempt to remain anonymous? Anyway the winner of Shandong’s lottery turned up at a press conference in a Mickey Mouse mask, to collect his cheque for Rmb497 million ($80 million) – the third largest win in Chinese lottery history. All that is known of the winner is that he owns a shoe shop, and post-tax will have Rmb398 million to spend. Or to be more exact Rmb378 million. In what Apple Daily punned was a “Disney ending” the individual in question donated Rmb20 million of his haul to a charity fund to help people in the community. Shandong’s Sports Lottery described the act as voluntary and said it showed he had “a good heart”.
At the press event – where the winner spoke through a voice-changing device – he told media he’d been buying lottery tickets for five years and purchased his winning ticket on August 11, the same day the result was announced. The biggest ever lottery win previously occurred in the capital Beijing, where an individual won Rmb570 million last year according to Sina Finance.
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