Parappanangadi, Malappuram: The wait is over. The winner of the Onam Special 'Thiruvonam Bumper-2017' is here.
Muttakkaramal Musthafa, a native of Parappanangadi, on Saturday came forward with the ticket to claim the jackpot of Rs 10 crore.
The 48-year-old man deposited the ticket at the Parappanangadi branch of Federal Bank, a day after the prizes were announced.
Musthafa was working as a driver with his father who is a coconut trader. Lady Luck smiled on Musthafa even as he was planning to venture into his father's business.
The winning lottery (No. AJ 442876) was sold by the Aiswarya sub agency in Parappanangadi in Malappuram district. As the agency had bought hundreds of bumper tickets along with other tickets on wholesale from the Tirur-based KS Agency, the vendor does not remember the person who purchased AJ 442876.
There has been all-round speculation and rumors after the results were announced Friday afternoon, and photos of different people have been circulated on social media with a caption, 'here is the jackpot winner.'
The ticket in question was sold by a vendor called Khalid, Poochengal Kunnathu, Kottanthala, attached to the Aiswarya agency.
It is speculated the ticket was sold at the panchayat bust stand in Parappanangadi.
Recently, the first-prize winning ticket of one of the state lotteries was sold in Parappanagadi, and it took several days for the Rs 1 crore winner to claim the prize.
It is expected that out of the Rs 10 crore, the agency will get as much as Rs 1 crore as commission and the vendor would receive at least Rs 10 lakh after tax deduction, said Aiswarya Lottery agency owner P. Sudheesh. Khalid is also trying hard to locate the winner, he added.
Last year, the agency had sold the first prize winning ticket of the Rs 65-lakh Akshaya Lottery.
As per rules, the prize winning ticket can be surrendered to a branch of any nationalized, scheduled or state/ district co-operative banks, located in India or abroad. A claim application along with a copy of both sides of the ticket, two passport size photographs of the prize-winner duly attested by a Gazetted Officer/Notary, self-attested copy of the PAN card, and the identity card, should also be submitted to the bank or the Lottery Directorate within two months of declaration of results.
After a thorough scrutiny of the documents, the amount will be transferred to the winner’s bank account.
A receipt for the prize money in the prescribed form should be signed by the winner, the rule stipulates.