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Huge jackpot lends woman delusions of grandeur

AS China's biggest lottery winner claimed the 360 million yuan (US$52.7 million) jackpot will not change his life, the massive prize has sent a woman in southwestern China out of her mind.

The unnamed 34-year-old in Chongqing city insists she's the real winner and keeps accusing her parents of hiding the winning ticket, according to Chongqing Evening News today.

The unemployed woman has spent more than 1,000 yuan every month on lottery tickets over the past three years, according to her mother surnamed Qin as quoted by the newspaper.

She began acting oddly when news of the huge prize broke on October 8, rummaging through the apartment and finally accusing her parents of stealing the winning ticket, her mother said.

Yin Liehu, a doctor with the local mental health center, told the newspaper that she suffers from delusional disorder.

The doctor said such hallucinations were not that rare among people obsessed with money.

Liu Wende threw his two children from his eighth-floor apartment, attacked his wife with a beer bottle and then jumped from the window himself in Chongqing after hallucinating that he'd won 100 million yuan in December 2007.

Liu and younger son were killed at the scene and his elder son was paralyzed.


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