Bloke wins £26million lottery jackpot – and refuses to tell his wife and kid

A tight-lipped dad has decided to keep his £26million lottery jackpot a secret from his wife and child in case it makes them lazy.

The man, who kept his identity hidden by wearing a bizarre character costume, collected the eye-watering sum at a lottery office in Nanning, China.

The father, only known by the name Mr Li, said despite being ecstatic over the news he had to think about how it would impact his family's lifestyle.

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He collected his winnings last week, which totalled to 171.6million yuan after tax (£20.4million).

Mr Li says he has donated 5 million yuan (£600,000) to charity, according to Nanning Evening News.

"I didn't tell my wife and child for fear that they would be too complacent and would not work, or work hard in the future," he said.

The dad purchased 40 lottery tickets from a shop located in town east of Nanning, called Litang, reports The Sun.

The lottery company paid out 5.48million yuan for each ticket which featured the same seven numbers 2, 15, 19, 26, 27, 29, and 2.

Mr Li said he hopped off the train and travelled straight into the city to collect his prize of 219million yuan (£26million).

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He stayed put in a hotel over the weekend before he claimed the whopping sum last Monday (October 24).

"I did not leave the hotel because I was afraid to go out and lose the lottery ticket," he explained.

After playing the lottery for over a decade and only ever winning small amounts, the dad says he is unsure what he'll do with his fortune.

Mr Li changed his game plan which was to choose a new set of numbers each time a few years ago, he revealed.

Those who win the lottery in China are taxed following their payouts.


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