Date
23 October 2017
Mofijul Rahima Sheikh is heading back home after his unexpected windfall days after arriving in Kerala. Credit: Indian Express
Mofijul Rahima Sheikh is heading back home after his unexpected windfall days after arriving in Kerala. Credit: Indian Express

Bengali laborer goes to Kerala for work, wins US$150,000 jackpot

A Bengali man who went to the southern Indian state of Kerala looking for work has landed a fortune just days after arriving in the new place.

Mofijul Rahima Sheikh, 22, bought a lottery ticket with his first day’s earnings after securing a job at a construction site in Kozhikode city. 

To his delight, he was declared the winner of a 10 million rupees (US$150,000) jackpot just three days later, in the lottery run by the state government.

After discovering his win, he sought protection at a police station fearful that someone would steal his ticket, BBC reports.

He spent two days at the police station, keeping safe his valuable ticket, until the banks re-opened after the Hindu holiday of Shivaratri.

“He came here on Sunday saying he feared for his life,” a police official told a BBC reporter.

“He came with his luggage and everything… It was difficult for him to handle the pressure and excitement. By Tuesday, he was normal.”

Following the lottery win, Sheikh — who is married and has an eight-month-old daughter — is heading back home to West Bengal.

He plans to use some of the money to build a house.

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