It was not a nebulous idea originating in the faraway limitless tracts of the universe.
Three score years ago, $350,000 (equivalent to probably $7,000,000 today) was a gigantic bang for the buck – I bet no one will disagree with me.
That was the first prize for the Social and Welfare Services Lottery draws, which took place every 20 days – the elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow passionately pursued by ever-optimistic punters. Never mind if the majority never even struck any teapot or coffee pot. The lure seemed irresistible.
The first prize was later raised to $375,000 and progressively increased to RM1,000,000 by 1988. Well, by that time, I had already settled down in Singapore, and have lost track of its development.
Is this lottery is still alive in Malaysia now? What’s the trophy amount?