Claims of winning Onam Bumper galore; cooked up stories confuse everyone
Panamaram: Before identifying the real winner of the Onam Bumper lottery, many fake reports of an expat winning the lottery were widely circulated. This happened when Wayanad Parakkuni native Saithalavi appeared before the media claiming he won the first prize.
When all were busy searching for the winner, Saithalavi’s friend uploaded a video claiming that Saithalavi was the winner. But Saithalavi did not respond in that video. Though he did not confirm the report, the neighbours also believed that Saithalavi was the real winner seeing the news reports on the media. Shortly after this, relatives and friends started flocking into his house at Panamaram.
The family claimed that the lottery was taken by Saithalavi's friend on behalf of him. Several cooked up stories was circulated after this. The friend claimed that he bought the winning ticket TE 645465 and sent the picture of lottery through WhatsApp when Saithalavi sent him Rs 300 through Google Pay as price of the ticket.
Saithalavi’s wife Sufairath also appeared in front of the media and said that her husband will confirm about the victory within an hour. Later, further fake reports were circulated that Saithalavi’s son met the friend and confirmed that the ticket was with him.
When the news spread, the tickets in the lottery stalls of Panamaram were sold out quickly. But the police was clueless when the family could not produce any proof for winning the first prize.
Meanwhile, a Thrippunithura native and another from Kannur uploaded facebook posts claiming to be winners of the first prize and puzzled everyone. However, putting an end to all uncertainties, the real winner Kochi native Jayapalan submitted the winning lottery at the Maradu branch of Canara Bank on Monday evening.