Lottery winner donates $5 million to charity groups
Wed, Dec 15, 2010
The China Post/Asia News Network
TAITUNG, TAIWAN - A lottery winner has donated NT$120 million (S$5 million) to charity groups around the country, the Taiwan Lottery Co. said at a presentation ceremony in Taitung County, eastern Taiwan, yesterday.
The NT$1.12 billion first prize was drawn in September and was the biggest lottery prize ever to a single winner in Taiwan. The winner was a housewife in her 30s from Taitung, said Taiwan Lottery Chairman Steve Hsueh.
Charity groups in Taitung alone will receive donations totaling more than NT$30 million, he said.
One of the charities, Star Home which houses mentally challenged children, said that the NT$20 million donation it received was its largest in recent years.
Around NT$55 million was given to the Chinatrust Charity Foundation, which is affiliated with the Chinatrust Commercial Bank that operates the Taiwan Lottery, Hsueh said.
In addition, a red envelope containing NT$1.5 million was presented to the owner of the shop where the winning ticket was purchased. Taiwan Lottery, which made the presentation on behalf of the winner, said the woman had been spending around NT$1,000 per week for the last three years in lottery tickets.
It is estimated that more than 56,000 underprivileged children and families in Taiwan will benefit from the donor's generosity, according to Hsueh.