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Chinese lottery winner hides identity with bear suit

The winner of an $85 million lottery jackpot in Shanxi, China, wore a yellow bear costume to conceal his identity when he collected his winnings.

By
Ben Hooper

TAIYUAN, China, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A Chinese man donned a cartoon bear costume to conceal his identity when he claimed an $87 million lottery jackpot.

The man dressed in the yellow bear suit Monday morning when he visited the Shanxi province facility to collect his $85 million winnings, the third-largest jackpot in the history of the Shanxi lottery, and he kept the costume on when he spoke to the media.

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The mystery winner said he spends $3,200 to $4,900 on lottery tickets each year. He said he plans to donate some of his winnings to charity.

The man is not the first in China to don a costume to keep his identity a secret when claiming a lottery prize -- a person dressed as Mickey Mouse collected a $65 million jackpot in August.

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