Ananthu and family | Screengrab: Mathrubhumi News
Idukki: “We want to leave this hilltop and buy 10 cents of land with road connectivity and water and build a house,” these were the words of the parents of Ananthu, who won the Rs 12 crore worth Thiruvonam Bumper lottery of the Kerala government.
24-year-old Ananthu is a native of Kattadikavala at Thovala in Idukki district. He is working at a temple in Kadavanthra. Ananthu’s house is located on top of a hill. Ananthu’s father Vijayan is a painter and mother Suma is a textile shop employee.
“We were worried at first. We never even dreamed of hitting the jackpot. It's God's grace. Now we want to buy 10 cents of land. There is no road connectivity or water where we are staying now. During summer, we were buying water. Also, we want to marry our daughter off,” Ananthu’s father Vijayan told Mathrubhumi News.
Ananthu’s sister Athira and mother Suma said that a house with water and road connectivity were their biggest dream.
“Ananthu wanted to pursue post graduation, but he couldn’t due to financial difficulties. Now we need to provide good education for our youngest son Aravind. We don’t have any other wishes,” said Suma.
Athira, who was working at a shop in Ernakulam, had lost her job during the pandemic. She then started organic farming on a small scale.
Ananthu’s younger brother Aravind is working in a shop at Kattappana. Aravind is a BBA student and is working part time. “He went to work as there was a shortage of staff today,” said Suma.