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Indian Man Travels across the Country in Search of a Job and Wins nearly $150,000 in the Lottery

  • 27
  • 04
  • 2016

In the western world, winning nearly $150,000 would have you jumping through the roof. Imagine that  type of winning in a country like India where the wages and cost of living are much lower. That $150,000 would make you feel like a millionaire.

When Mohijul Rahima won a staggering sum in the state lottery three days after moving to the city in search of work, he and his family didn’t have time for excitement. “We were afraid for his life when we heard the news. We feared someone would attack him,” said Rahima’s father-in-law.

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Rahima, an 22-year-old unemployed migrant, crossed through India in search of a job which could provide for his family. He arrived in Kerala, India, last Friday in order to start a minimum wage construction job. That evening while exploring his new home, he spotted a disabled lottery vendor, who he helped by buying a ticket for less than a dollar.

When the draws were announced a few days later and Rahima had triple-checked his ticket to make sure of his winnings, he began to fear possible attacks.

Mohijul Rahima arrived at the Chevayur police station and begged for permission to sleep that night. Visiting the bank the next day with a police escort, he cashed in his ticket.

Rahima’s family will now travel out to Kerala in order to celebrate. When they arrive at their village more than 1500 miles away, Rahima will purchase a house and some farmland for his wife and 10-month-old daughter.
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Photo Credit: Knyazevfoto.ru/Radiokafka/rybalka

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