A lottery winner has collected their $95million jackpot dressed as Darth Vader to protect their identity.
The man, known only as W. Brown, bought the winning ticket at the Di Endz Sports Bar in May Pen, Jamaica.
He hasn’t told anyone about his win with lottery chiefs saying many winners in the country become fearful for their safety after landing the jackpot.
Brown added that he wanted to decide what to do with the money first before spending any of his winnings.
He said the numbers he chooses are always based on rakes and their meanings. In Jamaican culture, a “rake” is a premonition, dream or omen that foreshadows what will happen.
“I want to decide what is the best thing to do before spending anything. I need to decide what my goals are, but I know I want to own a bus,” Brown told the paper.
“Life has always been very rough. I come from a poor family, sometimes I couldn’t attend school because my parents didn’t have it, but I told myself that God will help me one day so I can help my family,” he said.
Supreme Ventures’ Vice President Gail Abrahams, of Marketing, Communication and Sponsorship, handed the large $95 million check to Brown, which is equivalent to around £528,000.
Assistant Vice President Simone Clarke-Cooper, from Group Corporate Communications at Supreme Ventures Limited, explained why the lottery winner wore a disguise.
She said: “Unfortunately, Jamaica is not like other markets. In other markets, they don’t necessarily do it, but here I think they opt to do it to keep themselves safe. We are not going to tell them not to do that because their safety is of paramount importance to us as well.
“People have been coming with their own disguises. They usually don’t need our help, and they are usually very creative, perhaps beyond anything that we could think of or imagine, and it has been very effective over the years,” she added.
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