Fortune favours widow after 23 years of saving

Fortune favours widow after 23 years of saving
Rokeah Mohd Sidek, who could not contain her tears during the interview, has decided to use some of the money she won in BSN's Premium Savings Certificate draw to perform the haj and hold a 'doa selamat' ceremony.

SEREMBAN - IF she had stuck to her decision to withdraw her RM20,000 (S$7,700) savings of 23 years, luck would not have favoured Rokeah Mohd Sidek.

Now, the 77-year-old from here has become an instant millionaire.

"I just could not believe my ears on hearing my name on the television last night (Saturday). I could not sleep a wink.

"I was shocked and cried, not for joy, but because the amount is too big for an elderly person like me and I now fear for my security," she said at her home here.

Rokeah was announced the winner of RM1 million in Bank Simpanan Nasional's (BSN) Premium Savings Certificate (SSP) draw held in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

The mother of four said she was watching the news on television with one of her sons when her name was announced.

"We exchanged glances and just sat there for a moment before I burst into tears. Minutes later ,we received calls from relatives and friends about the news.

"However, we could not verify it as there were no calls from BSN until noon today (yesterday)."

Rokeah, whose husband died of heart attack 31 years ago, had told one of her sons of her intention to withdraw her SSP savings last week.

"However, my son advised me against it, saying that the savings would benefit me in the long run."

Rokeah said last year, she received BSN's SSP monthly lucky draw of RM100 after 22 years of saving.

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