Times are tough with pay cuts and job losses. And one such Indian couple based in the UK who were facing the economic impact of coronavirus had luck suddenly favour them.
Shibu Paul and Linnet Joseph from Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala were woken up early in the morning a few days’ ago. The couple, based in Nottingham, had won a £195,000 (Dh904,067) Lamborghini supercar in a lottery.
Indiatimes.com reported that “it happened after Paul randomly filled a lottery contest called ‘Best of the Best’ (BOTB) for a dream car. He had already filled three of them and did the last one randomly at an airport. The best part is that he completely forgot about it.”
The 31-year-old sound engineer was quoted in The New Indian Express as saying: “I had participated three times and I didn’t want to become an addict. Last time, I filled the form and forgot about it completely. My wife was taking a nap after her night shift, and when the doorbell rang, we were greeted with a brand new Lamborghini worth £195,000 and a prize money of £20,000 (Dh92,725). We are so grateful to God, as we were worried about my job prospects.”
Paul’s wife, Joseph, works as a nurse at the Nottingham City Hospital. The couple had apparently moved to the UK, over a year ago from Kochi, where Paul was working with a studio, in pursuit of a better life. But, that dream was in trouble when Paul lost his job. That’s when he decided to buy lottery tickets. And that decision changed their lives.
Apparently, the cash prize was in the boot of the car, which was handed over by representatives from Lamborghini. The couple have opted for the rest of the prize in cash value as opposed to taking the car.