By Lasantha Niroshan Perera and W A Sirisena
Lottery luck had brought windfalls to many. The son of a cobbler from Rakwana who was habitually purchasing lottery tickets never believed that fortune was around the corner, when he was tempted to buy a lottery ticket from a sweep seller who showed him the last five unsold tickets he had with him.
The following day he was taken by surprise when he noticed the super ball lottery ticket he had purchased the previous day had made him rich bringing him Rs.58 million as the winning jackpot.
His father is a cobbler by profession eking out a hand to mouth existence in Rakwana. The son who is of no fixed abode, had worked as an assistant in a hotel, and some times drives a three wheeler obtained on daily rent. The father not at all being swayed by the fortune his son had won, was seen at his familiar spot in Rakwana town mending the shoes of those in need of attention
He said, “according to our belief we do not think that God had given this money to my son, he will use it in the best way, while I continue with my daily usual errands”
Sources revealed that the winner a youth of 28 was in the habit of buying lottery tickets daily. He had won few small prizes, but it was actually on the 14th Friday evening that lady luck gave him her biggest smile. He could not believe when the seller persuaded him to buy a ticket saying that they were the last five remaining. First he thought it was another prank played by these sellers.
The youth who sold the winning ticket is also a happy man. He was thrilled that he had sold a ticket which had made a fellow villager a millionaire.
The winner had lost his mother and her elder sister in the Tsunami, when they had visited a relative in Hambantota. The loss of his mother had been a serious blow to him and to his father. In the face of severe economic set backs a portion of their land too had to be sold by the cobbler.
Their fate had brought them luck at a time they least expected.