A woman who sells lottery tickets in Taipei handed a winning ticket back to a customer, after he had mistakenly asked her to dispose of it.
“I’m grateful that the customer bought the lottery ticket from me, but I didn’t win it. If I took the money I wouldn’t be able to live with myself,” she said
The incident took place earlier this month when the woman, who makes a living selling lottery tickets along the city’s Linsen N Road, sold a scratch card to a young man.
The man bought the ticket on a whim, but he did not check the ticket carefully and handed it back to the woman so that she could throw it away.
However, when the ticket vendor checked the lottery numbers at home she found the ticket had won a NT$5 million (US$166,880) prize and returned to the A Hui Seafood Restaurant, where the man who bought the ticket was drinking.
“The young man didn’t believe me at first because he had been getting drunk with his colleagues, but after checking everything, he told me that if he really did get the prize, he would give 10 percent of the prize money to me within three days,” the woman said.
The restaurant owner, Hsiao Cheng-hui (蕭成輝), on Monday confirmed that the young man had called him and asked him to find the woman. They then met and he presented her with a red envelope containing NT$400,000.
“The woman took the money, but she also wanted to give a red envelope to me,” Hsiao said, adding that he only took the envelope, but returned the money.
“She has walked the streets of Tiaotung District (條通) for many years selling lottery tickets and every penny she made was earned through hard work; how can we business-owners take her money?” Hsiao said.
Among the other customers at A Hui’s that night who witnessed the event were Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Pan Men-an (潘孟安) and Taipei City councilors Liang Wen-jie (梁文傑) and Lee Chien-chang (李建昌).
“I frequent A Hui’s for drinks and dinner, and I always spend NT$1,000 buying one or two lottery tickets from the woman,” Liang said.
Liang added that on that particular night he did not see the woman when she came into the store selling lottery tickets because he was busy talking with Lee, “and there went my chance of winning NT$5 million.”
Translated by Jake Chung, staff writer