Cleaner sweeps $1,000 jackpot
TNP Bonus Challenge
Mr Soh Kun Siong cannot read, but he appreciates good pictures and visuals.
That is why he buys The New Paper.
Today, when he picks up a copy of TNP, he will see a strikingly familiar picture - that of himself with his Bonus Challenge Jackpot prize of $1,000 cash.
The 57-year-old toilet cleaner said in a mix of Hokkien and Mandarin last night: "My luck has changed - this is the first time I have won anything."
The grandfather of six said he buys TNP "off and on" and would always pass it to those around him to read.
He grew curious about the Bonus Challenge last monthand asked the people at Ulu Pandan market, where he works, to teach him how to play.
Mr Soh was at the News Centre in Toa Payoh as early as 8pm, waiting to see if he had to share the jackpot.
"I don't even mind if another winner turns up. This is a windfall after all and luck must always be shared," he said.
When he was declared the sole winner after 9pm, the first thing he said was he would be treating his family of 13 to a scrumptious meal.
Two other readers won $100 cash each. They were restaurant and bar executive at Pan Pacific Orchard Abdul Rashid Leong Abdullah, 55, and student Sharventhiran Morganan, 18.
Mr Leong has been a loyal TNP reader since it was first launched in 1988.Sharventhiran, who was there with a friend "in case I get lost", said he will be giving the cash to his parents.
HOW TO PLAY
Every week until Dec 21, Monday's TNP will come with a Bonus Challenge Card.
Match the numbers on the card against six daily digits printed in TNP from Tuesday to Sunday.
Complete any vertical row of numbers and claim your prize on that row by answering a simple question on the spot.
Answers to these questions can be found in TNP together with the day's numbers.
Other prizes up for grabs include an iPad Mini 3 and a Mini folding bike.
With last night's win, the daily jackpot prize is now back at $1,000.