3 big winners in NT$1.82 bil. lotto
The China Post news staff
December 7, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
Three lucky winners last night each walked away with a NT$605 million share of the largest-ever Super Lotto jackpot, which stood at NT$1.82 billion, the Taiwan Lottery Co., Ltd said.
The winners were located in Taoyuan County, Hualien County and New Taipei City.
As of Monday night, the jackpot had accumulated to NT$1.3 billion after rolling over for 32 consecutive draws. It rapidly surged to a record high of NT$1.82 billion last night as a result of a frenzied buying spree across the island, the company said.
The winning numbers were 01, 05, 10, 12, 21 and 24, plus the supplementary number 08.
There were 13 winners of the second prize, with each winning NT$4.46 million.
The second highest jackpot ever — NT$1.56 billion — was won by a sole entrant on July 30 this year.
Large numbers of customers lined up outside lottery stations around the island to try their luck. A station operator in Shilin District said that one customer, with numbers based on a special combination, spent over NT$300,000 on three consecutive draws.
A lottery station in Taipei's Tonghua Street yesterday morning saw a big buyer spend NT$200,000 in the morning and promised to buy more in the afternoon should the local bourse rally.
In Taichung, a woman with a baby cart lined up outside a lottery station in the central city. She said this was the first time she had purchased Super Lotto tickets, and had to ask the dealer how to know whether she had won. "The chances of winning are extremely slim, and I'm just buying a dream," she said.
In Kaohsiung's Xinxing District one lottery station which once issued a Super Lotto ticket that won a jackpot of NT$565 million saw customers line up early yesterday morning. The store raked in revenue yesterday that was more than eight times its daily average.
It was common practice among work colleagues or close friends to pool cash to purchase Super Lotto tickets to boost their chances of winning the jackpot or other prizes. Even some mainland Chinese tourists joined the buying spree.