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Lucky money can cost a fortune

Update: February, 07/2017 - 10:25
To this day, Bé’s house is closed, with a family lorry blocking the front gate saying: “Do not disturb.”— Photo zing.vn

It is a long-standing Tết (Lunar New Year) tradition to give out li xi (lucky money) to children and others, wishing them greater prosperity in the coming year.

And then there is the Vietnamese saying Lộc bất tận hưởng (Luck not to be enjoyed alone).

One couple in Hàm Thuận Bắc District, Bình Thuận Province, had the rare chance to do both, to wish people luck and to share their luck.

Just a few days before the festival, Bùi Bé and his wife, found that they’d won a Lâm Đồng Lottery prize of VNĐ10 billion (nearly US$450,000).

The well-meaning couple presented rice and ‘lucky money’ to the poor in their commune, but once the news of their good fortune spread, all roads seemed to lead to their door.

Unable to manage the burgeoning crowd, Bé and his wife had to be hospitalized through the Tết festival.

To this day, Bé’s house is closed, with a family lorry blocking the front gate saying: “Do not disturb.”

Winning the lottery can be disturbing news.

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