A present’s value is not a measurement of the giver’s sincerity, but it might just be in the case of the two state officials in Vietnam who won a fortune thanks to lottery tickets given to them by their boss.
Le Thi Kim Don, head of the education and propaganda division of the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum’s Party Committee, decided to give her employees lottery tickets, instead of usual presents, on the International Women’s Day this year.
She bought 40 lottery tickets on Thursday morning, kept four to herself and gave the remaining 36 to 14 officials under her management, two of whom were male.
When lottery results came out the same afternoon, the officials were pleasantly surprised to learn that 18 out of the 40 tickets had been winning numbers.
Two tickets were winners of jackpot worth VND2 billion ($88,000) each, while 16 including Don’s four tickers won smaller prizes of VND50 million ($2,200) per ticket.
The jackpot-winning tickets had been given to two officials, a man and a woman, according to the Party committee of Kon Tum.
All tickets that Don bought had been issued by the Lottery Company of Binh Dinh Province in south-central Vietnam.
The chance of hitting the jackpot for conventional lottery tickets in Vietnam is six in a million, as there are six jackpot-winning tickets for every million tickets issued.