In a surprising turn of luck, an auto driver named Jayapalan P R from Kerala's Maradu, won the first prize in Onam bumper lottery of Kerala. The lottery carries a prize money of Rs 12 crore.
The result was announced on Sunday and the ticket bearing serial number TE 645465 was declared as the winner. Jayapalan has been buying lottery tickets regularly for the last three years. While he failed to win even a single penny earlier, this time he hit the jackpot.
"I bought the ticket on September 10 from Tripunithura. I found this number as a fancy number," Jayapalan told reporters.
The winner would receive over Rs 7 crore after deduction of tax.