Toto winner used to sleep next to drain
Excavator operator on $1,600 salary wins $1.7m Toto prize.
Why did he reveal his identity?
October 31, 2010
Abandoned by his divorced parents, he was once so poor that he had to sleep next to a drain.
But through the hard times, he harboured a dream of striking it rich one day. Though money was tight, he would spent up to $80 a week buying Toto tickets.
His dream came true in August. Mr Liang Xin Lu (left), 57, an excavator operator who was once made bankrupt, won more than $1.7 million in Toto. He was the sole winner of the first prize.
He told Lianhe Wanbao that he has not done anything fancy with his money, apart from giving $50,000 to each of his three grown-up children â€“ two daughters and a son. He lives in a HDB flat with his family.
He said he also donated a small sum to charity, but declined to reveal the amount and the name of the charity.
Mr Liang is believed to be the first Singaporean to reveal his identity, complete with photographs, to the media after becoming a millionaire from winning Toto.
Why reveal himself unlike the other big winners?
"Everyone around me, my family and friends, already know about my win. Besides, Singapore is a safe country," said Mr Liang.