New Delhi: In an inspiring tale of friendship and fortune, 11 dedicated women, all civic workers at a plastic waste segregation unit in Kerala’s Malappuram district, struck gold with a lottery ticket.
United by both luck and camaraderie, they decided to take a chance and pooled their hard-earned money to buy a single lottery ticket worth Rs 250. Little did they know that this modest investment would turn into a life-changing windfall.
The women, with salaries ranging from Rs 7,500 to Rs 14,000, work diligently as part of the Haritha Karma Sena, responsible for collecting non-biodegradable waste from households and establishments. On a routine day of sorting plastic waste, the news of their incredible victory reached them like a bolt from the blue.
The Kerala Lottery Department declared that the ticket purchased jointly by these friends had hit the monsoon jackpot, winning an astonishing Rs 10 crore. Each woman’s contribution, amounting to less than Rs 25, proved to be a stroke of extraordinary luck.
Overwhelmed with joy and disbelief, Radha, one of the fortunate winners, shared her elation, stating, “The money will be a relief and help solve some of our imminent problems.” For these hardworking women, the jackpot represents a glimmer of hope in addressing financial burdens, such as paying off debts, funding their daughters’ marriages, and covering medical expenses for loved ones.
The announcement of their remarkable win drew a crowd of well-wishers to the municipal godown premises in Malappuram’s Parappanangadi. Pictures captured the 11 women, donning faded green overcoats and rubber gloves, celebrating their newfound prosperity.
Sheeja, the chairperson of Haritha Karma Sena, expressed pride in the dedicated and resilient winners, highlighting that they serve as the breadwinners for their families. “They are living in very humble households, fighting the harsh realities of life,” she stated to news agency PTI.
Interestingly, this was not their first attempt at trying their luck. Last year, the same group of women pooled their resources to buy an Onam bumper ticket, which rewarded them with Rs 7,500. Encouraged by this modest success, they decided to take another shot at the lottery, leading to their extraordinary victory this time.
From their tireless efforts in waste management to their daring decision to invest in the lottery, these 11 women have demonstrated that fortune indeed favors the brave.