Taipei Metro reveals 10 billionth passenger

A 70-year-old man surnamed Huang won a new laptop computer and a year's worth of free travel

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Huang receiving his prize at the Taipei Metro headquarters. (Image: facebook.com/metro.taipei)

Huang receiving his prize at the Taipei Metro headquarters. (Image: facebook.com/metro.taipei)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following a campaign launched last month, Taipei Metro has revealed its 10 billionth passenger, who is the lucky recipient of a new computer and a year’s free travel.

A 70-year-old man surnamed Huang (黃) rode the MRT to Xinzhuang Station on March 31 in order to sweep the graves of his ancestors. He soon after received notification that he had become the 10 billionth person to ride the metro.

Huang told staff he could not believe his luck, according to the Central News Agency, and initially thought the notification was some kind of scam. His wife accompanied him to the Taipei Metro headquarters today (Friday, April 26), where he was presented with his prize.

Taipei Metro said Huang lives a simple life and sells sandwiches at a market, occasionally using his Concessionaire EasyCard when he needs to take the MRT. Upon receiving his prize from Taipei Metro Chairman Lee Wen-chung (李文宗), Huang jokingly said, “I’m too old to use it, it’s already been reserved by my daughter!”

A total of 10 other passengers, five who preceded and five who followed Huang, received 90 days of free ridership. The youngest prizewinner was a child in the first grade of elementary school, who won alongside her mother.

Four winners are yet to claims their prizes, said Taipei Metro. The company is asking those that alighted the MRT around 11 a.m. on March 31 at Longshan Temple Station or Taipei Zoo Station to contact it within 30 days to avoid missing out.