Dongmen St in Hsinchu's East district in Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A 22-year-old Indonesian man who went to work in Taiwan has won NT$1 million (US$34,270) – top prize from a lottery scratch-off ticket he bought last month.

The Indonesian, whose name was not disclosed, was intrigued by a big crowd of customers queuing on the night of February 14 to buy lottery tickets at an outlet on Dongmen Street in Hsinchu City’s East District, The Liberty Times reported.

With Chinese New Year approaching, local people were keen to try their luck by purchasing scratch-off tickets. The Indonesian followed the ritual and tried his luck, buying a NT$200 (US$6.86) ticket.

On the scratchcard he peeled off the part covering the first game and found that two numbers were a match – which entitled him to the NT$1 million prize.

Unable to believe his eyes, he handed the ticket to the staffer. After the ticket was verified through the barcode, the cashier congratulated him and said he really had secured the top prize.

The man left home to work in Taiwan because he was the eldest brother and wanted to provide bigger financial support to his parents and younger brother and sister.

After tax was deducted, he received NT$800,000 (US$27,416) – which was equivalent to three years of his NT$22,000 monthly salary.

The man decided to stay on in the island country and kept only NT$50,000 for himself. He sent the rest back home so that his family could build a new house.

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