Panaji: For the primary time for the reason that Covid-19 pandemic, the favored lottery of the Sarvajanik Shree Ganesh Utsav Mandal in Quepem opened to the general public but once more on Sunday. Consumers fell over each other of their quest to buy a ticket — and an opportunity to win a luxurious automobile value Rs 22 lakh, plus Rs 12 lakh in money for tax, gasoline, and upkeep for a yr.
By Monday afternoon, when the counter shut, tickets value Rs 2.5 crore had been bought inside a day and a half.
The weird money part of the prize has a selected motive. “Our intention is that no winner ought to need to dump the reward automobile for need of cash to run it. We wish the individual to benefit from the experience for at the very least a yr,” mentioned senior member of the mandal, Madhav Prabhudesai.
The mandal erected its pandal in Quepem eight days previous to the gross sales, and this pandal is taken down solely after 9 days of its Ganesh Chaturthi festivities. On Sunday and Monday morning, the queue of consumers ran a number of kilometers, and the road began forming at 7am, two hours earlier than the counter opened. And as soon as they entered the pandal, there was no holding again their pleasure as they rushed to enter the competition.
“All of the tickets could be bought out by Sunday itself, however there was some delay in finishing the opening ceremony. On Sunday, tickets value Rs 1.8 crore had been bought, and the remaining bought out by midday on Monday,” he mentioned.
The mandal is understood to pay round Rs 60 lakh in taxes itself, because of the gross sales.
“This yr, we’re giving ten automobiles as prizes,” he defined. “The winner will get a automobile value Rs 22 lakh, plus Rs 12 lakh, of which round Rs 9 lakh is for use to pay the tax, and the remaining Rs 3 lakh will stay with the winner to run the automobile.”
Apart from the automobiles, there are ten comfort prizes of Rs 1 lakh every to be gained. The outcomes are revealed in a single Marathi and one English newspaper on the completion of 9 days of the mandal’s Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
“The tickets are bought solely on the pandal in Quepem bodily,” Prabhudesai. “The thought is that Goans ought to profit from the prizes, although the ticket is open to buy to any Indian citizen, and there have been circumstances of consumers from Belagavi coming to buy the tickets. We get consumers coming all the best way from Vasco, Mapusa, and Margao. Some have paid Rs 2 lakh, Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh every, to purchase a number of books of the lotteries. Every e-book has ten tickets, and one ticket is value Rs 250 this yr.”
A neighborhood Rivona resident defined why the lottery is so standard. “The mandal’s lottery is well-trusted by purchasers due to the transparency concerned within the system,” he mentioned. “When the winners are picked, as a rule, one state minister, one police officer, and one street transport officer are current. Additionally, the rule is that whoever presents the lottery on the time of taking house the prize will get it. The proprietor of the lottery is the proprietor of the prize. So there might be no dispute that somebody bought the ticket and another person walked away with the prize.”
The mandal is marking its thirty fifth yr of existence this yr, however the lavish prizes had been launched round ten years in the past, with the intention of bringing in income for the physique.
“We want income to place up leisure programmes throughout the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, for the complete occasion and the pandal, to pay for the safety,” mentioned Prabhudesai. “We host Konkani nataks. We now have additionally put aside part of the earnings from the lottery to buy land to assemble a everlasting corridor for the mandal’s actions. We’re in search of land in Quepem’s primary city space itself, and haven’t discovered appropriate land but. We hope the federal government helps us establish such land.”