Having unwillingly bought a lottery ticket after 15 years, a 63-year-old Punjab resident, Avtar Singh, has won the first prize of Rs 1.5 crore of Punjab State Rakhi Bumper 2019.

A resident of Patiala, an elated Singh said that he had never even dreamed of winning such a big amount in life but Punjab State Rakhi Bumper has made it possible. This time, he bought the ticket after 15 years unwillingly as in the past he had never won such a big prize. Singh, on Tuesday, submitted the documents to Punjab State Lotteries Department at Chandigarh for encashment of the prize.

Talking about the future planning, he said that he has two sons. His younger son is studying abroad and his elder son, after completing MBA, is doing a private job at Patiala. He said that the hefty prize money would be a great help for him to get his sons settled in life and he would also be able to tide over many financial problems after getting the prize money.

Expressing faith in the fair and transparent manner in which Punjab Lotteries Department has announced the draw the lucky winner said the most joyous thing is that Punjab Lotteries Department always declares its first prizes guaranteed out of the tickets sold to the public. Punjab Lotteries Department officials assured Singh to encashment of the prize money at earliest.