All-female group of Indian rubbish collectors earning £2 a day scoop life-changing £1million in lottery syndicate – but vow not to quit jobs!
- The 11 women, from Kerala, grouped together and bought a 250-rupee ticket
A group of female rubbish collectors in India have won a life-changing £1million after pooling their money together to buy a lottery ticket.
The 11 women, who collect non-biodegradable waste from households in Parappanangad in the Malappuram district, Kerala, and were struggling to make ends meet, bought the 250-rupee (£2.50) ticket last month.
This is the equivalent of a day’s wages, which they say is not enough to support them and their families, forcing them to borrow money and take loans to fund their children’s educations.
But the women have now told of their amazement when they discovered they had become the lucky winners.
MP Radha, 49, said she was still in shock. ‘It’s unbelievable. We had to check with multiple people to make sure that we won and still we couldn’t believe it. We all come from very poor families with lots of debt and liabilities,’ she said according to the Guardian.
11 women who work at a sanitation plant in India and pooled money together to buy a lottery ticket have won the jackpot of 100m rupees (£947,242). File image
‘This is the fourth time we bought a ticket for the bumper prize, We are fourth time lucky,’ Ms Radha, who occasionally buys the group a ticket, told the BBC.
Before finding out the life-changing news, the group agreed to split the winnings equally, no matter how small. They also said they will not quit their sanitation jobs.
Two women put in 12.5 rupees each for their share of the ticket and the rest paid 25 rupees each.
The day after the winning draw, one of the women asked her husband to check the results.
Kuttimalu, 72, said: ‘We didn’t expect to win such a huge amount of money!’
Cherumannil Baby, another member of the group, lost her home to floods that devastated Kerala in 2018. The funds have now provided her with the opportunity to rebuild her house.
The women collect non-biodegradable waste from households in Parappanangad in the Malappuram district and earn 250 ruppes a day (£2.50). File image
Lakshmi, 49, whose construction worker husband has been struggling to get a job due to heavy rainfall, said that just the night before the win they were worrying about their financial future. They are now relieved that they can dedicate the winnings to their daughter’s education.
K Bindu, 50, felt the win was bitter sweet as she lost her husband last year to kidney failure after the family was unable to afford a transplant.
‘He used to buy lottery tickets with the money we kept for dialysis,’ she said. ‘He left us without finishing the construction of our house. I have to complete it now.’
Sheeja, the chairperson of the group’s workplace Haritha Karma Sena, said she was delighted for the women.
‘These are extremely hard-working people who go to great lengths to make ends meet,’ she said. ‘It’s very surprising but I am very happy for them,’ the Guardian reported.
The lottery is illegal in many Indian states but Kerala runs its own.
After tax, the group will receive 63m rupees. Ms Baby and Ms Kuttimalu will receive 3.15m each while the other nine women will get 6.3m each.
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