India: Fortunes turned overnight for an 88-year old man in Punjab’s Derabassi who won a Rs. 5 crore lottery on Wednesday. Hailing from a modest background and popularly known as Mahant Dwarka Dass in the area, he won the Lohri Makar Sakranti Bumper Lottery.
Mahant Dwarka Dass migrated from Pakistan with his family in 1947 at the age of 13. He was a frequent buyer of lottery tickets as he wanted to change things for his family and himself.
Dwarka who looks after a local dera there added that he will donate half money to the dera and will distribute equally among both his sons. “I’m feeling happy. I’ve been buying lotteries for the last 35-40 years. I will distribute the winning amount among my two sons and to my ‘Dera’,” Mahant Dwarka Dass said.
After the news became public, celebrations erupted in his area with people thronging his house to congratulate and even garland him.
Lokesh who runs lottery business in Zirakpur and sold the ticket to the family claimed that Dwarka Dass will get around Rs 3.5 crore after deduction of taxes.