RM4.9mil lottery prize ends up being a misfortune


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Jun 2019

Compiled by CLARISSA CHUNG, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN 

A MAN got the windfall of a lifetime when he won a lottery worth 1.9 billion Korean won (RM6.69mil) in 2006, but was left a pauper eight months later, reports Sin Chew Daily.

Citing Korea Times, the daily reported that the 39-year-old man received an after-tax sum of 1.4 billion won (RM4.93mil) but squandered his newly acquired fortune by partying and gambling.

He was declared bankrupt shortly after.

After a brief one-year stint in prison in 2007 for robbing a jewellery store, the man is once again in trouble with the law.

According to Busan Yeonje Police Station on Monday, the man is being investigated for stealing 36 million won (RM126,800) from 16 restaurants in Busan and Daegu over the past two years.

He was identified by the police and was arrested after he bragged to a taxi driver that he had won the lottery more than a decade ago.

“Winning the lottery could have been a turning point for him, but he blew it,” a police spokesperson said.

 

> Strict ID checks to prevent holders of resold tickets from attending a concert by K-pop group BTS on June 15 backfired, with many legitimate ticket holders being prevented from entering as well, the same daily reported.

Concert-goers at the event in Busan were required to show that their information on their IDs matched with the buyer information on their tickets.

It was reported that teenage fans who bought tickets using their parents’ names were turned down unless they could show proof of relationship.

Students who brought copies of their student ID cards instead of the actual IDs were not accepted either.

A fan took to social media to claim that as many as 6,000 fans were denied entry but it was refu­ted by the organisers.

Officials from Big Hit Entertainment, the management agency of BTS, said they would continue to conduct strict checks despite receiving complaints from parents and fans.

Buying tickets for popular performances is a sordid affair in South Korea, with scalpers scooping up tickets in bulk using computer script and selling them online at a premium.

Such reselling of tickets is illegal in the country.

However, K-pop fans who fail to obtain tickets due to fierce competition resort to paying a premium for them in the black market.

Many K-pop fans lauded the move by Big Hit to conduct strict checks as a means to deter the black market business.

 

> Shoppers beware. An innocuous object such as a button could turn out to contain a hidden camera, reports China Press.

The daily reported that a woman in Shenzhen, China, who was in a retail clothing shop’s fitting room, noticed a button on top of a mirror which was warm when touched.

“After trying on two sets of clothes, I noticed the button on top of the mirror. It looked odd and I touched it.

“It felt warm and I decided to give it a tug,” she said.

With the help of a store manager, the woman managed to pull out the button along with the spy camera attached to it.

Police officers arrived at the scene shortly after a report was made. The spy camera and CCTV footage were taken away as evidence.

The store manager said such an incident had never happened before.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item. 


   

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