2,000 lotto tickets have been left in a lift by a mystery benefactor in Japan with instructions left that all winning proceeds go to flood victims.

According to the ABC, the tickets which would have cost approximately 600,000 yen ($6,855) to buy, were discovered by an elderly woman in a paper bag in Tochigi, north of Tokyo.

The surrounding area was devastated by massive floods this summer which killed seven people and destroyed thousands of homes.

According to police, one of the notes said, “Please give the money to people suffering from the rain disaster if any of these tickets win.”

The top prize in Japan’s annual New Year’s Eve lottery this year, which will be drawn on Thursday, could be about 1 billion yen ($8.3 million).

Authorities plan to keep the tickets for the next five months to see if anyone steps forward to claim ownership.

It remains unclear what will happen with the money if any of the donated tickets prove to win the lottery.

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  • I wonder if any of the tickets won?


  • Unclear what will happen if any win – shouldn’t they be following the instructions of whoever left them and donating to those affected by floods…


  • i hope all the money does go to help those in the floods.


  • oh god bless him x


  • follow the instuctions,otherwise the donor will then have wasted his money,he HAS TOLD people what to do,so where’s th problem??


  • I hope that all of them are winners and the money raised does go to the flood victims. There are some good people out there.


  • That is such a sweet thing for someone to do


  • If there were more people like this the world would be a better place.


  • Let’s hope there will be some winning ticket inside that bag!


  • I think the money should be used for the victims


  • Nice, but curiously odd gesture. Let’s hope they win more than they are worth.


  • yes i hope that it turns out fine. that is a really lovely gesture! wouldn’t it be cool if that old lady had actually bought those tickets!


  • Thanks for sharing this article


  • oh what a beautiful thing for someone to do – I hope the authorities do the right thing by the person’s wishes to donate it to the flood victims – good luck I hope the tickets are winning ones!

    • It is a beautiful thing to do and it does warm the heart.


  • I hope one of them is a winner!


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