Balram was part of two similar rackets busted by MP ATS in 2017 and August 2019.
Cyber fraudsters seem to be devising new and attractive ways to siphon off money from the gullible.
“Lady luck smiled on me at the right time,” says Santhosh hailing from Idukki. He won the `75-lakh first prize of the Christmas-New Year bumper in 2001.
Kerala is neck-deep in debt, yet the state is doing literally nothing to explore new revenue sources.
After the mandatory deductions of 10 per cent agency commission, income tax and surcharges, the winners would get around Rs 7 crore.
The lottery industry has been pressing for a uniform GST rate of 12 per cent and removal of tax on the prize money.
All India Federation of Lottery Trade & Allied Industries suggested that the GST Council could consider imposing GST on lotteries after abating the prize money component of the lottery ticket.
Vilas Rikkala returned home after failing to find a job in Dubai. But he came with a Rs 20,000 raffle ticket which ended up winning the Big Ticket raffle.
Mr Bachani, a 37-year old Dubai-based Indian national who also won in the raffle, has been living in Dubai for 14 years.
Sapna Nair, who won AED 12 million in the Big Ticket Abu Dhabi raffle on Wednesday, said that she would use the money for charity.
If passed by the Congress and signed into law, such a move is expected to significantly reduce the green card backlogs for highly skilled immigrants from India.
In 2015, lottery applications were received for more than 14 million people, and 49,377 won green cards, including 2,524 Uzbeks.