He's a $2,000 jackpot winner
The New Paper Match & Score contest winner says: I'll splurge on food at Geylang Serai bazaar
He could not believe his luck when he flipped open a copy of this newspaper yesterday morning.
Mr Tham Jia Jun, 25, an auditor, hit the jackpot in The New Paper Match & Score contest, walking away with $2,000.
"I usually read it every day, and was very surprised to see that I had all the winning numbers," he said.
"I'm going to share it with my family and also use it to pay for some of the courses I am taking."
There were also three others who walked away with $100 each, including Mr Mohd Sani Hassan, an operations controller who turned 58 on the same day.
He said he had never felt so lucky in his life.
"I can't believe it, I finally won," he said.
"I missed the previous time by one number, and I never thought I would be so lucky on my birthday."
He intends to use the money to have a post-birthday celebration meal with his wife.
Another winner, Mr Mualim Sujaee, 53, a part-time service ambassador with SMRT, said he managed to buy "only six copies" as the paper was sold out in most places.
"The New Paper is always sold out very fast, and I'm very lucky to have managed to buy the six copies and won," he said.
"I'm going to use the money for Hari Raya."
Madam Suhartini Adam, 51, a cook, also walked away last night with $100.
She said: "I buy five to 10 copies each day, and I'm going to splurge the money on food at the Geylang Serai bazaar."
Images of football jerseys are printed in TNP from Monday to Thursday, with the jerseys featuring either a number or a country.
New printing technology allows every copy of TNP to include a different combination of jerseys.
The jerseys will be valid only for that week.
These jerseys can then be collected to match the winning combinations published in TNP from Friday to Sunday.
A daily jackpot prize of $1,000 snowballs if the jackpot goes unclaimed for the day.
There will also be combinations for $100 and $200 cash prizes.
Up to $31,000 can be won from the contest until July 10.
Winners must collect their prizes at the SPH News Centre, at 1000 Toa Payoh North, between 8pm and 9pm on the same day.