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Delusions of wealth for lottery woman

A WOMAN in Chongqing Municipality has apparently gone crazy after hearing the news that someone won China's biggest-ever lottery as she had hallucinated that she was the winner of the 360 million yuan (US$52.7 million) jackpot.

The unnamed 34-year-old insisted to her family and local newspaper that she was the real winner and kept accusing her parents of hiding her winning ticket, Chongqing Evening News reported yesterday.

The woman, who is unemployed, has spent more than 1,000 yuan every month on lottery tickets over the past three years, the report said.

She began acting oddly and rummaging through the apartment when the news of the huge prize broke on October 8. She finally accused her parents of stealing the winning ticket so that they could control the huge fortune, her mother told the newspaper.

Yin Liehu, a doctor with a local mental health center, told the newspaper that she suffers from delusional disorder. Yin said such hallucinations were not that uncommon among people obsessed with money.

In 2007, a man in Chongqing threw his two children from his eighth-floor apartment, attacked his wife with a beer bottle and then jumped out the window after hallucinating that he'd won a 100 million yuan lottery. The man and younger son died at the scene while the elder son was paralyzed.


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