TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Convenient store chain FamilyMart has said a customer of theirs became NT$10 million richer from spending NT$138 on I-Mei milk tea and cigarettes in a Zhongli, Taoyuan store during the January and February period, while another customer won NT$1 million from buying a milk butter bun for NT$25. .
Almost all convenient store and supermarket chains across Taiwan on Monday announced their lucky customers who have won a large amount of prize money through the uniform invoice, better known as the Taiwan receipt lottery, following Sunday’s announcement of uniform invoice winning numbers for the January and February period by Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF).
When people make a purchase in Taiwan, they will be given a uniform invoice with a number on it. Every two months, the MOF draws winning numbers for the receipt lottery on television and announces the numbers publicly.
There are eight uniform invoice prizes with prize money ranging from NT$10 million, NT$2 million, NT$200,000 to NT$200. The lottery, designed to boost tax revenues, has made quite a few Taiwanese become millionaires ever since its introduction more than 65 years ago.
So don’t throw away your uniform invoices if you still harbor the quixotic expectation that someday you will get a massive windfall.
7-ELEVEN said three of their customers were given a receipt with the NT$10 million prize winning number and two others won the NT$2 million prize during the January and February period, while Pxmart announced that they had one NT$10 million and another NT$2 million prize winning customers for the same period.
7-ELEVEN said the three NT$10 million customers made a NT$25 purchase in a Kaohsiung store, a NT$19 purchase in a Banqiao, New Taipei City store, and a NT$58 purchase in a Chunghua County store, respectively.