Planet China

A prize idiot

She fell in love with football eight years ago thanks in large part to David Beckham. So when the World Cup began last month a 22 year-old Miss Zou was excited at the prospect. Visiting Xi’an to see friends she thought she would liven up the opening match – hosts Russia versus Saudi Arabia – by purchasing lottery tickets predicting the score. She spent Rmb500 ($75.24) on five tickets, one of which guessed the improbably large Russian victory of 5-0. A slightly gloating Zou decided to share her success with her contacts on WeChat, posting a photo of the winning ticket to the social media platform.

However, when she returned to the lottery seller the next morning to claim her Rmb4,000 prize she was told that it had already been redeemed. Zou had foolishly posted the QR code that claims her winnings to her WeChat group when she had photographed the ticket. Sadly, she is now she is trying to figure which of her friends stole her winnings. The lottery company has subsequently warned against posting images of winning tickets on social media.


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