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Peter - A Lottery Ticket Seller who Preferred Honesty to Riches


Peter - A Lottery Ticket Seller who Preferred Honesty to Riches

Daijiworld Media Network – Thiruvananthapuram (SP)

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 28: A lottery ticket seller from Kochi has emerged as an icon of ideology, having exhibited his determination to firmly stick to ideals of honest living, without getting lured by lust for money.

Peter, a lottery ticket seller from Kochi, could have pocketed Rs 40 lac and a new Innova car one of the tickets with him had won. But the fact that the ticket in question was bought by a migrant labourer without paying for it did not deter Peter from handing over the winning ticket to the labourer.

Peter has no income other than what he earns out of lottery ticket sales. A Tamil Nadu-based migrant labourer, Murugan, used to buy a ticket from his shop every day. On Friday, Murugan wanted to buy a ticket of Bhagyanighi Lottery scheme run by Kerala government, but he did not have money for the same. He said he would collect the ticket in the evening after making the payment. Murugan did not even know the serial number of the lottery ticket he had bought in this way.

In the evening, the ticket won the bumper prize of Rs 40 lac and an Innova car. Peter, knowing fully well that the ticket in question had won the bumper prize, simply handed it over to Murugan against the payment.

After learning about the incident, finance minister of the state, K M Mani, visited Peter at his shop to congratulate him for this extraordinary conduct. He hailed Peter for showing to the world that honestly is much more valuable than riches. The government also plans to felicitate Peter for his gesture.

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  • Naresh, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 1 2012

    @Lancelot Tauro... 'God's own country' is just an aphorism used by Tourist Dept. and we need not attach any other importance to it. But having worked in both the places, I can vouch that Kerala is any time better than Karnataka In Kerala though people are divided on political lines, they stay united for common causes, whereas in Karnataka people stay divided on the caste, sub-caste, creed, colour and what not and also constantly finding new reasons to stay divided.

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  • Naresh, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 1 2012

    Today’s world, where material prosperity overrides emotional virtues, it is essential that these small act of honesty by Mr. Peter needs to be appreciated by one and all irrespective of the fact whether he knew the fact before-hand or not.

    Normally, in the lottery industry, the Super Stockist, Main Agents will be there at the place where the draw is being held and they in turn inform their Agents / sub-agents about prize winning tickets with an intention to hold back the prize-winning tickets. This is done even before the results are out in the newspapers. So the possibility of Peter unknowingly handing over the ticket is very bleak. One more fact is that the labourer had bought five tickets and another ticket has won a prize of Rs.10,000/-

    For a moment, even if we assume that he has handed over the ticket without the knowledge that it is a prize winning one, what is the harm in appreciating such small things of integrity if it would help foster the good virtues of integrity, honesty, love, mutual faith which our society badly requires today.

    It is quite sad to see many negative responses that we are unable to appreciate the simple things in life. I am sorry, but forced to state that most of the negative responses determine our own character.

    If we are able to appreciate the gifts that God/Nature/Providence (whatever you call it) have blessed us with, then we become grateful in life towards all our relationships – be it a spouse, friend, boss, colleague, neighbour or even a stranger. Let our communication flow from the heart, bereft of ego, envy and hatred.

    Kudos to Mr. Peter of upholding the virtues of integrity and honesty and appreciate the visit of the Finance Minister to the shop of Mr. Peter.

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  • Aloka Nath, Bengaluru

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    Peter,
    You will live happily, eat happily, and sleep happily.

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  • Aloka Nath, Bengaluru

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    Peter,
    You will sleep well, live well, the "doing the right thing will" always remain with you as long as you are there.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/ Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    @Harsha Malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi.
    I wish you could give the same piece of advice to our Reddy, Yeddy and Chaddy.

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  • Prashanth Acharya, Kunjalu, Udupi/Dubai

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    Great!!! should appreciate his Honesty

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  • Harsha Malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    Without hesitating peter handed over a prized ticket to right person..is a good gesture... in life people won't buy each and everything from money.. people who are sincere or honest will achieve there goal slowly in there life but it remain forever with them and there family.. god is always examining such type of people as and when..!! honest people never consider money is a big thing in there life..for them work is god..!!

    For honest people without any penny can reach there target help from other's in disguise manner..which they even won't able to believe..!!angels are always guiding them..!! people who earned money from wrong doing's can view there target but won't reach..some or other obstacles crop-up..!!

    May be it's blessing from parents of peter who have lead a simple life throughout..!! peter should not expect anything in return from god for his good deeds..!!

    To fool uneducated person is not much difficult..!!

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  • Kevin , Mangalore/Sydney

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    A Good Deed Indeed needs all our congratulations to Mr Peter. Let us take a leaf from this mans actions and make changes in ourselves

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  • Dr.INDIAN, Mlore/london

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    Dear friends, Its a wonderful story which shows the values Peter has developed in his life due to a wonderful upbringing and environment. Where does God come in between this? why are you all dragging God for a 40 lakh Car lottery? He is too busy trying to sort out the wars,killings and people dying from hunger in various parts of the world. He doesnt have time for silly things like this and people win lottery on the basis of probability !!

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    Peter's thoughts are far richer than the value of the bumper winning ticket. Peter, I salute you!
    Truth and honesty show themselves in various ways. They characterise the man of just dealing, the faithful men of business the men who will not deceive you to their own advantage. Honesty is the plainest and humblest manifestation of the principle of truth. People lose their honesty in the field of full measures, just weights, true samples, full service, strict fulfillment of engagements and they are all indispensable to men of character.
    In this materialistic world, we have become too selfish. We think of ourselves far more than of others. The more devoted to pleasure the less we think of our fellow-creatures. Selfish people are impervious to the needs of others.
    After all, honesty is the best policy!

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    Peter is an angel.

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  • Michael Dsouza, Mumbai/Kuwait

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    Hi Peter you have shown such a great honesty that in this time no one would even think of it.You made the proverb honesty is the best policy come true.I am praying that the Kerala govt would honour you for this great work.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Feb 29 2012

    Dear Mohan,Mangalore..You are wrong. You haven't analysed the subject properly. Under any circumstance,it can't be a stealing case.Murugan didn't pay for lottery ticket which he wanted to purchase.He came to shop only after the result was anounced.My question to everyone including you.."IF THAT TICKET WAS BOUGHT BY SOME OTHER CUSTOMER BEFORE RESULT, COULD PETER DO ANYTHING ?"
    I experienced same incident in other way before.One in India and second one in my office,Sharjah.
    One of our company drivers asked another driver to buy Dubai Shopping Festival ticket and paid him Dhs.200. To everyone surprise he became a winner and got lexus car and Dhs 100,000. Now the person who went to buy ticket for him demanded that he should be given some share out of prize money.Now what is your judgement regarding this.?..Sometimes Emotional part cant fight with Legal part. I dont want to say more than that.

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  • Mohan, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Some people are uncomfortable even even a person does good work. I honour Mr.Peter from my heart. If he had stealing desaire he had many ways to steal that money but for honesty only one way that is fear of God and love for his God. The God Peter serves is great indeed.

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  • Rajalaksmi, St. Louis

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    For the first time I feel like I want to write a comment on this great gesture of honesty. Hats off to you brother! Be a role model to all. There is no doubt,God will honor you.

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Someone commenting Kerala is Gods own country,rest what devils. If Gods own country why there strikes,groupism, association moves out for job, Atleast try to learn honesty at home state like PETER.

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumari G , Nellore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Proud of you my brother. Really proud of you You are a gentleman indeed!!!

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  • patrick gabriel, uae

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Peter is a man of conscience,he understands "Wisdom & living a life guided by principals of honesty an love and the hidden beauty of the Creator"we all see with our front two eyes, the greed in this world, Peter
    sees through his, " third eye ", therefore without doubt not a finance minister or any earthly dignitary will come to admire him-but Peter is confident that physically the Lord will come and take through the Gates of Heaven on the date of departure from this earthly HELL.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    I would like to touch his feet
    and hug him. He is one in a
    million. People of such great
    honesty and values of life must
    be honoured by the decent
    people of all political parties and
    religions. We lack the most
    nowadays is honesty in the society.

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  • chitra, tirunelveli

    Mon, Feb 9 2015

    I would like to thank you sir.
    you should keep it up sir.

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  • Naaz, KGD, KSA

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    I am proud of peter as he is from my State... HAT'S OFF PETER..

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  • Zuze Pernal, Pernal

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    What Peter has done is unbelievable!!! Now, let us hope, Murugan does something appreciable.

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  • Shakthi Shetty , Udupi

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    @ Abraham Coutinho, your explanation is like you were selling lottery tickets, A agent must surrender the unsold tickets to the main dealer of the area before the draw. Secondly any credit purchase approved by the seller gives the right of ownership to the buyer. Third its the honesty we should appreciate of Mr. Peter and no the logics which you have scribled. @ Razak, i have no comments.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    If only Murugan's name had been Paul,then it could have been asked
    'Did God Rob Peter to pay Paul?'

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  • diya, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Please stop arguing. It’s Peter’s decision.

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  • annaiah ramesh, Mangalore University

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Actually, including me no one has the moral right either to criticize or even to appreciate Mr. Peter. This kind of remarkable situation usually happens once in thousand years.. especially in the present situation.. each and every self-centered educated fools must salute to these devine persons. Hats off to you Mr. Peter and Murugan.

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  • Abraham Coutinho, Mundkur/Bombay

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Nothing wrong in Abdul Razak's comments. He got points in what he says.

    1) Murugan has not at all paid for the lottery ticket. Hence he is not the owner. But Peter is. So it is Peter's Prize. Because he has purchased the ticket from the Goverment on payment.
    2)Peter's Options - If left out unsold he will lose purchase price or will win if there is a prize. In this case, it is prize. 3)It is Peter's prize so he need not give it to Murugan.
    That is what Razak says. Razak is also a good man. He further wrote "Peter could have helped Murugan later". Razak is not against Murugan.

    Legally or religiously Peter is not bound to give that ticket to Murugan. It is because even a token money is not paid. So no contract, no binding. Peter does business. His principle should be - quick sale and fast encashment of money. No reservation for unpaid ticket. The question of honesty does not appear here.

    What made Peter, knowing fully, to give the ticket to Murugan, I think, is:
    1) Publicity : To let know the world he is a lucky seller. So his buniss may improve.
    2) Kind Heart: Not to see his regular customer sad who had lost money for quite a long time without winning a prize.
    3) Philosophy: To live from his ticket sale commission and not to become rich by off chance.

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  • shah saud, Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    This is lesson. If Allah wants to give someone it will reach even though circumtance becomes against him.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    ' Usne Diya, Isne Liya,Phir Usse De Diya Jiskaa Thaa' Looks long -but looking for a film title anyone? Or would NASEEB 2 suffice?

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Murgan destined for a bounty from god that's it.Peter and Murgan both are to be congratulated.Indeed an unprecedented incident.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    VERY TOUCHING..Now people will call him St.Peter. There is all out attack on Abdul Razak.I tried to think from his mind...
    Razak may be telling
    1. Murugan didn't pay ,he promised to pay .So real owner of ticket is Peter only and not Murugan
    2.Razak wanted Peter to get benefit out of prize money and at the same time help Murugan..
    3.As Prize money is huge(Rs.40Lakhs),2 families(Peter & Murugan family) could have made full use of it.
    My personal opinion,Prize money to be distributed equally 50-50.

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  • Mark Majeswara, Manglore - Dubai

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    I agree with Abdul Razak, URVA / Mangalore were is GOD now a days all are knowing one GOD i.e MONEY. Perter you miss a golden chance reeeeeeeeeee kitek kela tu he wrong decision

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  • Dave, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Peter Knew-
    Riches of this world are VAIN!
    True Riches are stored in Heaven, when Good Deeds are done by serving others without expecting anything in Return.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    God alone knows the truth. Whether Peter gave the ticket without collecting the money or without realsing that the particular ticket is jackpot ticket....God knows best and its unfair to give biased comments either in favour or against Peter...

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  • LEONA, Dubai

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    God is our creator.Peter you are a role model for our christian comunity.I salute you for the difficult and kind task you have handled beside your own povarty.Poor can also help the poor
    wealthy people lends help out of riches but the poor like you and me out of love and sincerity.We will prosper in this world. God will reward you in your life through his blessings are neumorous count his blessings on you from this day and time onwads.
    God bless you.
    Leona D'souza

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  • Ragav, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Peter never realised that it was a winning but handed the ticket to murugan to collect his ticket money :) everything is fair...

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  • Abdul Razak , Puttur/Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Mr. Abdul Razak Urva, it is not Mr. Peter, you are a big FOOL to give such a comment. Hats off Mr. Peter.

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  • karan, katapadi/Dubai

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    If our politicians show 5% of his honesty, our country will prospour in 5 years.

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  • B.S.BADRINARAYAN, BANGALORE

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Hat'sup Mr Peter God bless you for your honesty.Even today we find truely honestman because of this we are getting timelye Rain Etc.Once again pray god to bless you.

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  • John Maxim D'souza, KULUR , MANGALORE, DUBAI

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    hi Peter you are the example for sincere worker. i am sure that you will be rewarded by gods blessing . keep it up the sincerity

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  • Ganesh Bhat, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    I wish at least one such person was a minister in the BJP govt. in Karnataka.

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  • Silvia, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    We can say this way....God wanted to test Peter in this manner..and Peter triumphed God's blessings and appreciation of the general public for his mighty deed.. He has set an example to others.

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  • NM Mangalore, Mangalore/Mauritius

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Hats off to Mr.Peter,because of people like peter the world is still there. We need more and more peters in this world.With this act not only he made us proud also he can live with his head high. What is the use of that wealth which you gain by cheating and killing your own consious. He is a real happy and peaceful person. God will bless him and he will be always happy in his life. His parents will be very proud of him as we are. Keep it up brother.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Abdul Razak, obviously you will never understand what honesty is,it is not your fault anyways!

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  • Austin , mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Mr Abdul Razak, If that's the way you are living, then you better change. Better you withdraw your comment by giving another one if you have realised your mistake. Kerala Govt. should honour Peter by atleast giving him a purse of Rs.10,000=00. Just felicitation will not help.

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  • Joseph, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Peter, you are the true christian and a good human being indeed!
    God bless you man.

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Kerala is a God's own Country and Peter has sent a messge to everyone that HE CAN'T CHEAT GOD !
    I appreciate Finance Minister Mr.K.M.Mani for visiting Peter's shop for his honest work.My question to readers if u were in Peter's situation,what would you have done ? YES..OR NO..?

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  • HARRY, COORG / BANGALORE

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    WAKE UP!!! ABDUL RAZAK, SOME PEOPLE NEVER CHANGE THEIR MIND SET, THEY OBEY THEIR "GOD"?

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  • M Ashraf, Mangalore / Dubai

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Peter should be "Man of the Year 2012"

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  • Praveen , Dubai

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Dear Abdul Razak. how you know that God wanted to give peter the booty . think befor writing some thinks like this.

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  • shankar, kundapur

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    he missed a chance, no issues, luck hardly comes again.. he should have made a deal with murugan... and at least ask for car !!!

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  • Siva Avadani, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Dear Abdul Razak may be you are real or fake id, whoever you are shows the clear picture from where you are coming from. People like Peter makes this world worth living. Thank God we have many Peters around. God Bless Peter.

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  • Lal Mathew, M'lore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Never heard of Abdul Razak's "GOD", who want make some one rich by cheating somebody else ! Hats off to you Peter....

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  • Abdul Razak, URVA / Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Peter Is an FOOL, Infact GOD wanted to give the Booty to Peter, instead he gave it to some one else. Peter could have Helped Murugan later. Peter made an Biggest mistake in his life.

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  • prakash, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 28 2012

    Superb! unbelievable, we all should take a cue out of this man, Its indeed honesty is beyond any riches.

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