Chinese man mistakenly thinks he's won the lottery and spends his savings

Chinese man mistakenly thinks he's won the lottery and spends his savings

The man remembered his lottery numbers incorrectly (Stock image)

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Chinese man spent all of his savings because he believed he'd won the lottery, only to later discover that he'd made a mistake.

The 28-year-old thought he had won 5 million yuan (£564,100) after attempting to work out the best chances of winning the lottery, The South China Morning Post reported.

The error caused him to threaten to commit suicide, but police were able to stop the man before he did so, according to the Strait City Daily.

The reason he thought he had won was due to incorrectly remembering the numbers he had chosen, which he entered in the competition last week (February 13).

This week he checked the numbers that had come up and thought he had matched with every single one, but in fact he missed the winnings by one number.

Without realising this, he told his family and friends about the win he thought he'd secured and splashed out 5,000 yuan (£563.80) from his savings as well as going overdrawn on hs credit card by 3,000 yuan (£338.30).

It wasn't until the next day, after he'd spent the night in a club, that he noticed he had not in fact won. He said: “I felt I’ve lost all face and my hope to continue living."

He told his girlfriend he wanted to kill himself, but she informed the police, who were able to stop him.