88 year old strikes gold by winning Rs 5 billion lottery at Dera Bassi , Punjab




An 88-year-old man, Mahant Dwarka Dass in Punjab’s Dera Bassi became a ‘crorepati’ overnight after winning a Rs 5 crore lottery.

After winning the Lohri Makar Sakranti Bumper Lottery, Mahant Dwarka Dass, a resident of Trivedi Camp in Derabassi, had a total shift in his life. As soon as the news became public, People rushed to his house to congratulate him and give him flowers, sparking the celebration.

Dass said he frequently purchased lottery tickets because he wanted to improve his family’s and his own situation. After winning the lottery, he will split the money in half and give each of his sons an equal share of the “dera.”

“I am feeling happy. I have been buying lottery tickets for the last 35-40 years. I will distribute the winning amount among my two sons and to my ‘Dera,” he said.

His son Narender Kumar Sharma said, “My father gave money to my nephew to buy a lottery ticket for him. He won it and we are feeling happy.”

“On January 16, the results of the Punjab State Lohri Makar Sankranti Bumper Lottery 2023 were made public. Dwarka Dass took home the $5 million first prize. He will receive the money after the required procedure is completed and a 30% tax has been deducted “said Assistant Lottery Director Karam Singh.

Dwarka Dass will receive about Rs 3.5 crore after taxes deduction, according to Lokesh, who owns a lottery business in Zirakpur and sold the ticket to the family

Earlier in December, Ajay Ogula, a Dubai-based driver from India, won a prize worth Dh15 million (INR Rs 33 crore), in the Emirates Draw. Ogula stated, “I still cannot believe I hit the jackpot,” according to UAE daily Khaleej Times, after winning the lottery sum.

Ogula, who is originally from a village in southern India, moved to the UAE four years ago in search of more favourable conditions. He currently makes Dh 3,200 a month as a driver for a jewellery company, according to Khaleej Times. “With this sum, I’ll keep expanding my charitable trust. This will enable many people in my hometown and other areas to meet their basic necessities, “Ogula stated.