02 Jun '11, 8am

Slum-dweller wins millions in Philippine lottery

Slum-dweller wins millions in Philippine lottery

An illiterate, slum-dwelling Philippine carpenter who was too poor to send his six children to school became an instant millionaire on Thursday with the country's second biggest-ever lottery win. -- PHOTO: AFP MANILA - AN ILLITERATE, slum-dwelling Philippine carpenter who was too poor to send his six children to school became an instant millionaire on Thursday with the country's second biggest-ever lottery win. The 60-year-old collected a 356.5-million-peso (S$10.2-million-dollar) cheque from a single 20-peso ticket, which was all he could afford, said an aide to Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office general manager Jose Ferdinand Roxas. 'He plans to buy a house because he and his family had never owned a proper home all their lives,' said the Roxas aide, who declined to be identified. Mr Roxas, who handed over the cheque on Thursday on behalf of the state lottery agency, ...

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