A poor, small-time village halwai or confectioner in Punjab’s Fatehabad district hit a Rs 1.5-crore jackpot, winning the Lohri bumper of the state lottery.
Azad Singh, who runs a small sweets shop near the bus-stop at Dayyar village, thought it was a crank call when his phone rang and the person at the other end broke the crore-rupee news on Monday evening.
“Believe me, I bought a bumper lottery ticket for the first time and I expected to win a prize of not more than Rs 400. But now with god’s grace, I won a big amount that will take care of all my needs,” Singh said later, still in daze.
As word spread, his relatives, friends and villagers visited him to congratulate. Some well-wishers came with dhol-nagara and created a festive atmosphere. Singh reciprocated with his sweets.
The young man’s first item on his shopping list after the windfall is a good house.
“I live with my brother and sister-in-law in a mud hut. We are poor, hardly making ends meet. The call yesterday changed my life forever,” said the bachelor, who has studied till class 8.
His second ambition is to do “some social work” or charity, commendable thoughts for a person who has worked extremely hard all along to stop the family hearth from going cold.