Chinese lottery winner won’t tell his family, fearing it will make them lazy

  • A man who won $30 million in the Chinese lottery says he won’t tell his wife and child.
  • He told a local newspaper that he feared news of his winnings would make them lazy.
  • He donned a bright yellow lottery mascot costume to collect his prize and have his photo taken.

A man who won $30.1million in a Chinese welfare lottery says he plans to keep the secret lest it make his wife and child complacent.

The man – identified by the local newspaper the Nanning Evening News like Mr. Li – won 219.4 million yuan in the Guangxi Welfare Lottery on October 20.

“I didn’t say anything to my wife or my child,” Li told the publication, according to a translation by South China Morning Post. “I fear that they will feel superior to others and will work or study harder in the future.”

On October 20, he buys 40 lottery tickets in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. He woke up the next morning to find his tickets had won.

Li cashed his check in Nanning, the capital of the southern region, on October 24 according to a Nanning Evening News article shared on the Weibo social network. He said he didn’t leave the hotel that weekend for fear of losing his ticket.

Li donned the bright yellow costume of Fudou, the lottery mascot, to collect her prize and have her photo taken.

The publication reported that Li had been buying lottery tickets for more than ten years and had only occasionally won small amounts of money.

A woman buys a ticket from a China Welfare Lottery vending machine at a vending machine in Zhengzhou City, central China's Henan Province, Thursday, April 14, 2022.

A woman buys a ticket from a China Welfare Lottery vending machine in Zhengzhou on April 14, 2022.

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“I take lottery buying as a hobby, and my family doesn’t care,” Li told the Nanning Evening News, according to a translation of South China Morning Post.

“Also, I don’t spend a lot of money on it, and the lottery gives me a glimmer of hope.”

Li donated 5 million yuan (about $690,000) to charity, according to the Nanning Evening News. After taxes, he took home about 171.6 million yuan ($23.6 million), according to the publication. Li said he hasn’t decided what to do with the rest of his winnings yet.

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