Man buys lottery ticket on wife's prodding, hits the jackpot

Man buys lottery ticket on wife's prodding, hits the jackpot
Shivan from Chettikulangara in Alappuzha district won the Kerala Sthree Sakthi Lottery's first prize of Rs 70 lakh.
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Mavelikkara: Lady Luck comes knocking on your door in myriad ways. A lottery ticket bought by a man on the insistence of his wife while they were returning from a temple has won the first prize.

Shivan from Chettikulangara in Alappuzha district won the Kerala Sthree Sakthi Lottery's first prize of Rs 70 lakh on Tuesday. The winning ticket (number 170457) has been handed over to a co-operative bank at Perungala.

The couple, on their way back from Chettikulangara temple, spotted a lottery seller near their home at 7.45 am on Tuesday. When the lottery seller told them about his problems after a heart operation, wife Omana asked Shivan to buy a ticket.

Shivan, who is into concreting work, lives in a small house on a four-cent plot with his family.

"I will clear all my debts first and then build a new house," Shivan said on his plans with the prize money.

The lottery seller is eager to get hold on to a big commission. This Kottayam native is staying in a rented accommodation in Kayamkulam, close to Mavelikkara, in south Kerala.

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