One Chinese man was recently in the headlines for not only winning million yuans in lottery winnings, but also for the bizarre costume he wore while collecting his prize. The man, believed to be about 40 years old and was freaking worried about revealing his identity that he actually turned up and dressed as the popular Disney character BAYMAX!
As he spoke to the reporters, the man revealed that he had won 170 million yuan (approximately $27 million) even though he rarely buys lottery tickets. As for the strange costume, the man revealed that his wife forced him into wearing it, fearing that old friends and long-lost relatives might suddenly show up expecting a small share of the prize. You got a point there sister!
On the other hand, it turns out, that this man isn’t the first lottery winner who adopt the eccentric practice of accepting winnings in disguise. Dressing up in ridiculous costumes in order to conceal one’s identity while receiving over-sized lottery checks is actually a Chinese tradition dating back 25 or so years. Lots of Chinese winners tend to be very cautious about protecting their identity, to sidestep thieves and relatives. Thus, winners take the proper precaution of hiding themselves inside furry costumes, and the style of the costume has become a thing.
And last year (October 2014), to pick up his giant check worth 520 million yuan (US$84.8 million) in lottery winnings, a Shanxi man disguised himself in a silly cartoon bear costume yesterday morning, providing perhaps the most delightful-looking press conference of the year. He actually wore the suit throughout a press conference, answering all sorts of questions from reporters. Unlike the Baymax man, this guy said that he routinely spent 20,000 to 30,000 yuan on lottery tickets each year. His persistence finally paid off when he won the third largest jackpot handed out in China’s history.
However, the funniest prize claiming incident took place last month in Shanghai, 7.8 million yuan went unclaimed when the winner presumably spent too much time debating what costume to wear to his press conference.
via Oddity Central