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Vendor returns 10m yuan ticket

PEOPLE have been moved by the case of a lottery salesman who purchased lottery tickets for others as a favor and then turned over winning tickets worth more than 10 million yuan (US$1.6 million).

Xu Hui opened a lottery booth in Baoshan District in 2005. He often buys tickets for customers and they repay him.

On Saturday, a customer surnamed Zhu asked Xu to buy tickets worth more than 700 yuan for him.

The lottery tickets turned out to be worth 10.5 million yuan. Zhu and his wife were worried that Xu, who held the tickets, might not be forthcoming. But Xu surprised them. He called Zhu to congratulate him and reminded him to come to get the tickets. Zhu got the reward early this week.

Some customers said Xu is foolish since he could have pocketed the ticket as they had not made any formal deal on the purchase of the lottery tickets.

"It's hard to believe there are such good people in the world," said Wang Bin, a lottery buyer.

It's not the first time that lottery tickets Xu bought for others were winners. He had bought tickets that turned out to be worth hundreds of thousands of yuan for others, he said, and he turned them over to the customers every time. He earns about 3,000 yuan a month.

But some customers aren't as honest as he is. Some buyers never show up to pay for tickets he bought for them that don't win a prize. He said he is owed a total of more than 70,000 yuan.

But he said he never regretted it.

"It's most important to be sincere in business," Xu told Shanghai Daily.


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