$1 tea receipt wins $436,000 jackpot

$1 tea receipt wins $436,000 jackpot

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A NT$23 (S$1) receipt for lemon tea is among the 12 winners of NT$10 million each in Taiwan's latest uniform invoice lottery, the Ministry of Finance said yesterday.

The Special Prize number 60538935 appeared on 12 sales receipts issued between January and February, according to the Finance Ministry's Taxation Administration .

One of the 12 receipts is for a NT$23 lemon tea at an OKMart in Taipei City's Nangang District, said Chang Cheng-kun, a division chief at the Taxation Administration.

The most expensive receipt among the 12 was made out for NT$2,063 in fashion accessories from Orange Bear, Chang said.

The NT$10 million Special Prize is the jackpot in Taiwan's uniform invoice lottery, which offers prizes ranging down to NT$200.

Paperless receipts

The January-February drawing also produced 10 NT$1 million prizes exclusive to paperless receipts, as an incentive for public adoption.

All winning receipts in the paperless receipts category were issued out of northern Taiwan, with seven from Taipei City, two from New Taipei City and one from Greater Taoyuan, according to the Finance Ministry.

Cash prizes for the January-February drawing can be claimed from April 7 to July 6.

Unclaimed winnings

The Finance Ministry also said seven out of 14 Special Prize receipts are still unclaimed from the November-December drawing.

Worth NT$10 million each, they include a NT$1,133 receipt issued from a Carrefour on Taipei City's Gueilin Road and a NT$50 receipt from a 7-Eleven in Greater Taichung's Beitung District.

Receipts from the November-December uniform invoice lottery are redeemable up to May 5.

Taiwan's receipt lottery, a bimonthly drawing introduced by the Finance Ministry, encourages consumers to request receipts as a measure to curb sales tax evasion.

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