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)