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Woman who 'found' 2,000 lottery tickets turns out to be owner


A 60-year-old woman who reported finding 2,000 year-end jumbo lottery tickets worth 600,000 yen at Tochigi City Hall in Tochigi Prefecture on Dec 28, is actually the owner of the tickets.

The woman told Japanese media that she wanted to donate the tickets but was too shy to do so directly, so she pretended to find them in an elevator of the administrative building’s parking garage, Sankei Shimbun reported Tuesday.

The tickets were inside a paper bag along with a handwritten note which said: "If any of these tickets win a prize in the lottery, please use the money to help victims of storm disasters,” addressed to the Tochigi city mayor.

Police had been looking for the owner, and the woman came forward at the end of January. Police confirmed that they in fact belonged to her based on analysis of her handwriting and returned all 2,000 tickets to her.

The woman told police she found out that the tickets would be taken by the prefecture rather than the city if the owner remained unknown, so she decided to come forward and reclaim the tickets in order to re-donate them to the city.

A city official said that 220 tickets out of the 2,000 won 5th and 6th prizes which were worth 120,000 yen in total.

City officials said they will spend the money according to the woman's wishes on repair work following last September's storm damage.

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19 ( +20 / -1 )

Hey lady that turned out to be a pretty bad investment haha!!

Wait I have to go check my tickets to see if I won anything!!! : )

1 ( +2 / -1 )

A 20% return on her investment. Try Pachinko next time?

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Ha! You must work for the Bank of Japan, mate. 600,000 yen in lottery tickets, 120,000 yen in winnings = a loss of 480,000 yen.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

At 300 yen a ticket, she'll have just about broken even.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

although a good soul, that light upstairs wasn't too bright ....

2 ( +4 / -2 )

So she was "taxed" 480,000 yen in other words.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

The lottery isn't called "the stupid tax" for nothing.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

her heart was in the right place. it's just too bad her brain wasn't.

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City officials said they will spend the money according to the woman’s wishes on repair work following last September’s storm damage.

Sadly, ¥120,000 is not gonna do a flipping thing to help the victims. She's a kind hearted old lady, but I think she has a few screws loose as well.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Here heart was in the right place, but her head wasn't. As things turned out, the government got Y480,000 (the price of the losing tickets) and the disaster victims will get Y120,000.

She should have just handed the cash to the victims directly without The State taking most of it.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Nice lady.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Lotteries are just a tax on those who aren't too good at mathematics.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Sweet obasan. but... Her elevator doesn't go all the way to the top of that admin parking garage.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Her heart was in the right spot.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

No reason for people to knock the lottery because you aren't into it. It is my favorite form of gambling because if you lose, you lose the money slowly unlike Pachinko where your money disappears in minutes.

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So instead of donating 600,000 yen directly to an aid non-for-profit, she blew it on lottery tickets, at a major loss. The lottery corp made the most here

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she wanted to donate the tickets but was too shy to do so directly, so she pretended to find them in an elevator

I think it's very interesting; for better or for worse, this is how Japanese society influences the way people think here. "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down"... in this case, "the nail that sticks out even for a good reason..."

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Such a sweet lady!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Why play if you are just gonna give it all away?

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Please congratulate her!

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