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Singapore man wrongfully jailed while claiming lottery jackpot

Mar 1, 2005, 1:00 pm

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InternationalInternational: Singapore man wrongfully jailed while claiming lottery jackpot

A Singaporean man who was wrongly detained while collecting a US$1.2 million lottery prize has finally received his winnings after a woman who claimed to be the rightful winner was jailed.

A spokesman for the state-linked betting firm Singapore Pools told AFP Tuesday that the 48-year-old winner collected his cheque last week.

The Straits Times newspaper reported Tuesday that the man, identified only as Mr. Ho, had been arrested in December while collecting his prize because a woman had informed police that she bought and lost the winning ticket.

The man spent a night in police custody before being released on bail the following afternoon.
Police subsequently arrested Tang Sok Eng, 46, after determining that she had lodged a false report, and she was sentenced in February to a month in  jail after pleading guilty.

It was not immediately known why the woman had made the report, as she did not know the prize winner.


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7 comments. Last comment 16 years ago by LOTTOMIKE.
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United States
Member #379
June 5, 2002
11296 Posts

Only in Singapore!


    United States
    Member #972
    December 30, 2002
    468 Posts

    Do they ever investigate a case first, then throw people in jail in Singapore?

      DoctorEw220's avatar - alien helmet.jpg
      Yinzer Country, PA
      United States
      Member #4067
      March 18, 2004
      2741 Posts

      to think what money will do to some people.

      I've redone my website.  Go to www.dr-ew.com.  I kept a lot of the old stuff, and I've added some new stuff.  Look for more new stuff in the coming weeks.

        MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

        Member #9517
        December 10, 2004
        1760 Posts

        Singapore is almost a police state. They got the weirdest laws.

        Once in a while you can come across weird news stories from Singapore.

          GoArmy's avatar - redcross
          Waukegan, IL
          United States
          Member #8043
          October 22, 2004
          753 Posts

          It sounds like they had the Wong man.

            lazyjim's avatar - redhead
            White Mountains AZ
            United States
            Member #11140
            February 6, 2005
            114 Posts
            Quote: Originally posted by GoArmy on March 1, 2005

            It sounds like they had the Wong man.

              United States
              Member #7853
              October 15, 2004
              11350 Posts

              i heard you can't even chew gum its banned there.......