The Guangxi Welfare Lottery issued a press release via WeChat – a Chinese instant messaging and mobile payment app – stating the winner claimed his prize anonymously on Oct. 24 under the alias “Mr. Li.”
Mr. Li reportedly won 219 million yuan from the Guangxi Welfare Lottery’s grand prize, which is equivalent to around $30 million, according to currency converters.
Photos attached to the press release show Mr. Li donned a yellow mascot costume that fully hid his face and body when he claimed his prize.
The Guangxi Welfare Lottery noted that the mascot costume Mr. Li wore is named Fudou and represents the Nanning-based lottery.
Mr. Li accepted a cash check from Lan Ting, the secretary and director of the general party branch of the Guangxi Welfare Lottery Issuance Center, according to the press release.
At the issuance center, Mr. Li reportedly donated 5 million yuan (approximately $689,721.75) to the Guangxi Welfare Lottery Center for public welfare, which he hopes goes to good deeds, such as “helping the elderly, the disabled, the orphans, and the needy,” the Guangxi Welfare Lottery reported.
Mr. Li told the Guangxi Welfare Lottery he hasn’t notified his family or friends about his winnings and is trying to decide what to do with the money.
“I didn’t tell my wife and children, because I was afraid that they would be too inflated and would not work or work hard in the future,” Mr. Li reportedly said in a statement.
Mr. Li also said he felt nervous and had trouble sleeping after he learned he won the lottery on Oct. 21, according to the lottery press release. He reportedly drove to Nanning a day later and hunkered down in a hotel because he feared losing his winning tickets – which had the Guangxi Welfare Lottery’s winning numbers “02, 15, 19, 26, 27, 29+02.”
The Guangxi Welfare Lottery published copies of what it reported to be Mr. Li’s winning tickets. Mr. Li reportedly purchased three tickets from a Welfare Lottery Betting Station at the Litang Department Store on Oct. 20.
The three tickets reportedly cost Mr. Li 160 yuan (approximately $22.07) and two of the tickets were 20-fold single-color ball lottery tickets.
Taxes will be taken out of Mr. Li’s winnings and his donation will be deducted, according to the Guangxi Welfare Lottery’s press release.
The Guangxi Welfare Lottery estimated that Mr. Li’s take-home prize after taxes will amount to nearly 171.5 yuan (approximately $23.6 million).
“There is a lot of chance in winning the lottery, and there is no special rule to follow,” the Guangxi Welfare Lottery wrote, in its press release.
“[The] Guangxi Welfare Lottery Center believes that winning the lottery is a good thing, but how to deal with the life after winning the lottery may be more important than winning the lottery itself,” the lottery center continued. “Lottery buyers should buy lottery tickets with a normal heart and rationality. Even if they win, they will get windfalls.”
Mr. Li’s reported lottery win has made international headlines as Americans in the U.S. have been playing the Powerball, a multi-state lottery that’s reached a record $2.04 billion.