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Kerala lottery seller Smija’s story is one of honesty and integrity

Recently, good luck came to lottery seller Smija, who comes from a middle-class family, in the form of winning a `6 crore bumper ticket which she sold over the phone.

Lottery seller Smija K Mohan’s honesty is what sets her apart from many in this otherwise unfair world. 

Recently, good luck came to lottery seller Smija, who comes from a middle-class family, in the form of winning a `6 crore bumper ticket which she sold over the phone. However, at a time when people are struggling to earn a living amid the ongoing pandemic, Kerala’s Smija quickly rode over to the lottery winner’s house to hand over the winning ticket.

Various organisations and individuals have now promised 37-year-old Smija that they would reward her for her honesty.

“After the story about me handing over the winning ticket to Chandran Chettan broke, I have been receiving calls praising my honesty. However, people don’t understand that in this business, that’s all that matters. We have to be honest since we are being sustained by the hard-earned money customers pay to buy the tickets,” The New Indian Express quoted Smija as saying.

Smija, a mother of two children, has set up a lottery stall near Rajagiri Hospital along with her husband. She had started the business as a part-time endeavour.

“Both me and my husband had been working with the government press at Kakkanad. We had begun the business in 2011 and had five employees. However, later on, after we lost our jobs with the press we decided to run the business by ourselves,” she added.

Explaining that business was initially good, Smija said: “But then Covid struck and we had to lay off the staff and do the selling all by ourselves,” said the graduate in Mathematics. “We were hit by another googly when my mother was diagnosed with cancer and that too in Covid times. However, unlike what’s being reported, my youngest who had been ill no longer suffers from any illness and has recuperated.”

“The day that brought us much joy was very hectic and we also had to go through some tense movements since around 12 bumper tickets remained unsold. It was Sunday and our regulars were not around,” said Smija, who has a WhatsApp group comprising her lottery buyers, where she posted about the tickets.

“However, no one was willing to buy the entire 12. It was then that I contacted Chandran chettan. He asked me to send the picture of the tickets and called me back with the numbers of his choice,” she said.

As she received notification for the win, the only thought in my mind was that she would have to hand it over to the winner at the earliest. 

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