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Man claims huge jackpot in SW province

(Xinhua)

17:19, February 15, 2012

CHENGDU, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- A man in Sichuan province claimed his 260 million-yuan (41.3 mln U.S. dollars) prize in the China Welfare Lottery, the third biggest jackpot in Chinese history, on Tuesday.

The man withdrew the lump sum payment of about 200 mln yuan in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, said a worker at the city's China Welfare Lottery center.

The payment was made after deducting about 50 mln yuan for tax. The man also donated 10 mln yuan from the jackpot for impoverished children and elders in a Sichuan county, he said.

The center did not provide the winner's identity.

China's highest lottery prize, a record 565 mln yuan, was won and claimed in 2011, by a man in the eastern Zhejiang province.

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