This man won $27 million (170 million yuan) in a local lottery but this is not what made him so newsworthy.
He was so worried about friends and family members approaching him for money once they found out that he had won the lottery that he decided to collect his winnings wearing a Disney Baymax character costume. It was a very unusual sight indeed!
As it turns out, this man isn’t the first lottery winner to adopt the eccentric practice of accepting winnings in disguise. Lots of Chinese winners tend to be very cautious about protecting their identity, to dodge thieves and relatives. So they turn up wearing superhero masks or costumes. In fact the tradition dates back to about 25 years or so.
In August last year, a man dressed as Mickey Mouse took home a whopping 398 million yuan, while another man in a panda costume collected the 565 million yuan jackpot in 2011. Several pictures on Chinese social media show other winners wearing pollution masks, Avengers masks, Spiderman masks, and party masks!