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.© Japan Today