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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

A gem miner wins Sri Lanka’s super jackpot of Rs.60 million

By Vandana Jayasinghe - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 23 October, (Asiantribune.com) : A poor man, who suddenly turned multi-millionaire by winning the Mahajana Sampatha Super Jackpot, Sri Lankas’ largest ever lottery prize two weeks ago, has donated Rs. one million to the National Defence Fund soon after he received the cheque for Rs. 60 million from President Mahinda Rajapaksha at the "Temple Trees," President’s official residence in Colombo.

Martin, a father of four and a gem miner by profession in Pelmadulla, was the winner of Mahajana Sampatha draw no. 1858, the highest ever jackpot in Sri Lanka's lottery history.

Martin told the Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa that he made the donation considering security situation in the country and his desire to help the President's development plans. He handed over the cheque to President Rajapaksa.

Following National Lottery Boards advice Martin wore a three piece suit instead of his usual humble national dress to hide his identity on the day he came to Colombo to collect the checque for Rs. 60 million from the President Rajapaksha.

Today Martin is on the hiding, as he is being hounded by ‘hunters’, who are coming daily after him, seeking donations for various causes including money for surgeries and other medical treatment, as soon as his name was announced by the National Lotteries Board (NLB).

However, the NLB still avoid divulging Martins address and advised him to change his residence due to security reasons.

- Asian Tribune -

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