Kozhikode: The 22-year-old migrant worker from West Bengal, who won a Rs one crore Kerala government lottery just three days after coming to Kozhikode looking for work, has a couple of hurdles ahead of him to get the prize money.
Mofijul Rahana Sheikh, hailing from Lakshmipur of Malda district in West Bengal, had purchased the 'Karunya' lottery ticket on March 4, the day he arrived in Kozhikode, for Rs 50 from a vendor at nearby Vellimadukunnu police said. He won the Rs one crore prize in the draw held the next day.
Mofijul will now have to produce proof that he bought the ticket from Kerala after travelling from Bengal. If he does not have the train ticket as evidence, the youngster will have to go in search for some other proof. Affidavits of the contractor, who brought Mofijul to Kerala, and the lottery ticket agent, who sold the ticket, will also work in favour of Mofijul.
If these procedures are done, he can collect the prize money in a month's time. The Kerala government had introduced stringent norms five years ago to stop fraud measures in lottery.
Mofijul winning the lottery had made headlines in Kerala. On Monday, Mofijul had gone to a police station and sought protection, fearing that others might attack him and take away the ticket. The banks were closed on Monday as it was Shivaratri. The police let him stay at the police station.
On Tuesday, police took him to a bank, where he submitted the ticket.
Mofijul thanked the Kerala police and said that if it was the Bengal police, they would have killed him for the lottery ticket.
Mofijul, who is married and has a 10-month-old daughter, said he would use the prize money to start a business back in Bengal.
(With inputs from V.R. Prathap)