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Jackpot winner in Tainan gives away NT$210 million

STAFF WRITER

The winner of the biggest undivided jackpot in Taiwan Super Lotto history has donated nearly a quarter of his winnings to charity but also took some cash for himself, to get a taste of how the super wealthy live.

The jackpot winner, whose name was not disclosed, won NT$937 million (US$28.5 million) and donated NT$210 million of it to charity organizations last week, lottery operator Taiwan Lottery Co said on Tuesday.

The winner, who has long devoted himself to social welfare, also decided to experience the life of the super rich, withdrawing NT$2 million in cash so he could “use the bills to stuff a pillow.”

The company disclosed that the winner lives in Tainan County and usually buys between NT$100 and NT$300 in lottery tickets at a Tainan City lottery shop, which has now sold five jackpot winning tickets.

The winner said he usually picks numbers based on the birthdays of family members, but this time he bought 12 tickets with numbers he picked and one ticket with numbers selected randomly by a computer. The ­computer-generated numbers turned out to be the winning ticket.

After paying taxes, the jackpot amounted to about NT$750 million, and NT$210 million of that was distributed among 13 organizations, including the nonprofit Genesis Social Welfare Foundation and the Tainan County government, Taiwan Lottery said.

The foundation said it received NT$80 million, the largest single gift in its history.

Local media reported that the newly minted multimillionaire called the lottery shop where he bought the winning ticket and declared that he would donate NT$200 million to charity.

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