A 41-year-old monk in the Bangkok outskirts made headlines this morning when he announced that he won first prize in the lottery. But he has raised some controversy as well.
Being a monk is supposed to mean refraining from desire…and money. However, Phra Prawit Techapalo, of Cheepakhao Temple in Samut Sakhon, said he bought multiple lottery tickets every month.
Phra Prawit, who has been a monk for 10 years, interpreted a lucky number from the textures of a teak tree at his temple. This time, his number was 84.
Phra Prawit bought ticket number 638684 and five other tickets at Mahachai Market. It turns out, he won the first prize and received THB6 million cash.
He said he would use the money to buy a house for his mother and save the rest to pay for his child’s tuition. He will also donate money to hold a funeral for the temple’s abbot who passed away, Morning News reported.