On the day Bancha Piempongsan marked 100 days since his 94-year-old father died, he bought six lottery tickets with 94 as the last two digits.
Three days later he won 30 million baht.
Bancha, the owner of the Nong Mus seafood restaurant on Mae Rum Pung Beach Road, said the win was like a gift from beyond the grave from his father.
On Nov. 28, the 61-year-old and his extended family had just finished the Buddhist ceremony to make merit 100 days after his death and had gone home. A lotto seller peddled by offering her last tickets. He looked into the tray and there were five tickets with 100994. He saw it as fate.
Each winning ticket in the Dec. 1 government lottery draw paid 6 million baht.
Bancha said he plans to expand and improve his restaurant with the money, as well as give some to the local temple in his late father’s honor. And, of course, he’ll be making handouts siblings and long-lost relatives sure to surface.
A version of this story first appeared in the Pattaya Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.