Photos of an Indian migrant in Singapore have gone viral online since Wednesday after the construction worker was identified as the lucky man who snared a S$2.3-million (US$1.7-million) jackpot in the latest Singapore Sweep lottery on September 6 with a S$3 (US$2.2) ticket.
A netizen named Jay Tan, who is believed to be a co-worker with the Indian national, congratulated his buddy and took pictures of the overnight millionaire, his winning lottery ticket, and the S$2.3-million cheque issued by United Overseas Bank (UOB) with the recipient’s name on it, Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.
According to the cheque, the lucky winner was Karuppaiah Gobinath, and his prize money was paid on September 13, seven days after results of the draw were announced.
Many netizens cheered for Gobinath, dubbing him “the millionaire worker”, who was pictured in a reflective safety vest while sitting in a heavy-duty vehicle at a construction site.
However, he is not the first migrant worker to win the Singapore lottery. That title went to a Filipino domestic worker, who was 44 years old when she struck it rich two years ago.
The maid told reporters in June 2015 that she had sent some of the prize money to her children living in the Philippines, but she intended to continue working for her employer’s family.