Luck works truly in weird ways and no one can know this better than recently turned Crorepati, Sharafudeen A who is a lottery vendor in Kollam. 46-year-old fortunes turned overnight when he won the first prize of 12 crores in the Kerala government’s Christmas-New Year bumper issue.
Sharafudeen A, who hails from Tenkasi in neighboring Tamil Nadu, happiness was beyond the seventh cloud when he learned that the ticket with him among other unsold ones has bagged the top prize in the lottery for him.
Sharafudeen A is a gulf returnee with a small house on ‘poramboke’ (government) land at Eravidharmapuram near Aryankavu in Kollam district, bordering Tamil Nadu.
“I want to build a house of my own, clear my debts, and start a small business with the prize amount,” he told PTI.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he had to struggle a lot like many in the country to take care of his six-member joint family.
His family comprises his mother, two brothers, wife, and son Pervez Musharraf, a Class 10 student.
Mr. Sharafudeen would get about ₹7.50 crore after 30% tax deduction and 10% agent commission in the prize money, sources said.