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Worshipper wins lottery jackpot using temple money
發財金六百元 買彩券中頭獎八百萬

Worshippers gather around Zihnan Temple in Nantou County’s Jhushan Township to receive temple money during the Lunar New Year.

Photo: Chen Feng-li, Liberty Times

After borrowing NT$600 from Zihnan Temple, a famous Earth God temple in Nantou County’s Jhushan Township, during the Lunar New Year, and using the money to buy lottery tickets, a lucky individual really hit the jackpot when he won the Jincai 539 jackpot of NT$8 million (US$268,098).

Taiwan Lottery Co president Joy Huang says it is the first time that the grand prize has ever been won using money borrowed from a temple. When the recipient claimed the prize he specially mentioned that he had used money from the temple to purchase the lottery ticket.

The Super Lotto’s second largest grand prize ever — NT$1.816 billion — was claimed at the end of last year by three people, who each took home NT$600 million. One of the individuals donated nearly NT$100 million to 45 different social welfare organizations, setting the record for the single largest donation from lottery winnings to the highest number of social welfare organizations, benefiting more than 90,000 disadvantaged people.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)






1. hit the jackpot idiom

中樂透頭獎 (zhong4 le4 tou4 tou2 jiang3)

例: The first thing she did after she hit the jackpot was to quit her job.


2. donate v.

捐 (juan1)

例: The uncle donated his kidney to his niece.


3. recipient n.

獲獎者;接受者 (huo4 jiang2 zhe3; jie1 shou4 zhe3)

例: The recipient of the prize was not able to attend the ceremony.


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