Lot­tery win­ner can’t col­lect big win­nings

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

A clerk in Shanghai sur­named Wang won a VAT lot­tery worth 400,000 yuan ($62,000) but failed to find her orig­i­nal in­voice, Shanghai Morn­ing Post re­ported Wed­nes­day.

Wang or­dered take­out food on a cell­phone app in De­cem­ber 2017. The value of the in­voice was 70 yuan. When tax au­thor­i­ties phoned her on April 10 to no­tify her that she won a 400,000 yuan prize, she thought it was a scam.

Af­ter com­par­ing the record saved in her phone and the win­ning in­voice num­ber, she looked ev­ery­where for the orig­i­nal in­voice but could not find it. “It is such a small prob­a­bil­ity. Who would have kept a 70 yuan in­voice,” said Wang.

Ac­cord­ing to a doc­u­ment is­sued by lo­cal tax au­thor­i­ties in 2017, VAT lucky draw win­ners must pro­vide an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cer­tifi­cate, a phone num­ber and the orig­i­nal in­voice to cash out the prize. Whether Wang can col­lect re­mains to be seen.

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