Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) A man in New Taipei won NT$2 million (US$66,666) in a scratch lottery Thursday, after he reportedly touched a large gold brick on display at the city's Gold Museum earlier in the day, according to the vendor who sold the winning ticket.
The man, who appeared to be in his 50s, frequently bought tickets at the Yawu lottery store in the city's Ruifang District and did so on Thursday after visiting the nearby Gold Museum earlier in the day, the vendor told CNA.
When he scratched the last ticket he was holding, he discovered that it was the top prize of NT$2 million, the vendor said.
The man appeared stunned and asked the vendor to double check the ticket for him, according to the lottery store.
"I touched the huge gold brick at the Gold Museum, and after being blessed, I had a hunch that I would win a prize if I bought a lottery ticket," the man said, according to the salesperson.
The 220.30-kilogram brick, made of real gold, is one of the big attractions at the museum, and many visitors usually touch it in the hope of gaining good luck.
In addition to the gold brick on the second floor of the museum, the exhibits include relics from Taiwan's prosperous gold mining past, when people made a living by digging for gold in the mountainous areas.
Meanwhile, a kindergarten teacher, who identified herself only as "Baomei" (寶妹), said on Thursday that she won the second prize in another Lunar New Year scratch lottery -- a Mercedes-Benz sedan and NT$2 million in cash.
Speaking to the press, Baomei said she bought the tickets at a lottery store in Luzhou District, also in New Taipei, on Monday after she received her year-end bonus.
Baomei said she will donate part of her cash winnings to orphanages and will save the rest to pay for the education for her two children. She said she was planning to take her whole family on a sightseeing trip to southern Taiwan in her new Mercedes-Benz.
Baomei was the second winner of the second biggest prize in the special Lunar New Year scratch lottery, and there are five others of that same amount to be won, according to Taiwan Lottery.
The top prize of NT$20 million, which is on three scratch tickets, has been won by one person so far, it said.