Now K1 billion richer, lottery winner looks to fund education and medical charities in his home state

Kun Moe Thwin hails from a village located in Southern Shan State’s Pinlaung Township. Photo: Facebook
Kun Moe Thwin hails from a village located in Southern Shan State’s Pinlaung Township. Photo: Facebook

Shan native Kun Moe Thwin’s life changed forever over the weekend when he discovered that the lottery ticket he bought last month had won him a whopping MMK1 billion. But instead of jumping into a life of luxury, the farmer and father of one wants to put a large chunk of the money towards helping out those in need within his home state.

Kun Moe Thwin lives with his wife and one-year-old son in a village in southern Shan State’s Pinlaung Township. Pinlaung, along with neighboring Hopong and Hsi Hseng Townships, make up the Pa’O Self-Administered Zone.

Speaking to Kumudra, Kun Moe Thwin admitted that he and his family had been financially struggling beforehand. “I’ve had many sleepless nights where I’ve thought, ‘It’d be great if I won the lottery. Everything would be okay if I won the lottery’,”he confesses.

“I would get into arguments with my wife because I couldn’t even provide for my family despite being the head of the household,” he explained. At one point he even considered going to Bangkok to find a better paying job there, but ultimately decided against it.

Last month, in the midst of his financial woes, Kun Moe Thwin had a dream that was too realistic to ignore.

“I dreamt that I won the lottery after buying a ticket at this specific shop,” he said to 7Day. “[In the dream] I didn’t even have the money to go to Yangon to collect my winnings, so the shop owner loaned me eight K10,000 bills.”

Early the next day, he went to that same shop and purchased a ticket.

After being informed over the weekend that he had bought the golden ticket, Kun Moe Thwin didn’t know what to do, despite having repeatedly prayed for this day. However, he had made a resolution to himself beforehand that were it to ever happen, he would put a large amount of his winnings towards assisting various charities within his region. Now, he plans on putting his money where his mouth is.

“I grew up in a family that wasn’t financially well off, so there are a lot of things I need to do [with my winnings],” he told 7Day. Currently towards the top of his list is helping fund the educations of children whose families can’t afford to send them to school, as well as setting up more medical clinics in the region.

And of course, Kun Moe Thwin hasn’t forgotten his own family either. Now that he’s a billionaire, he plans on giving his parents everything they want. Additionally, some of his money will go towards fulfilling his wife’s dream of having her own fabric shop.

If it’s true that what goes around comes around, then we feel this is just the beginning of many good things for Kun Moe Thwin.

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