Taiwan National Lottery

When you make a purchase in Taiwan, you will receive a receipt, on which is printed a “uniform receipt number”: several letters and eight numbers, and a 2-month date range. These “lucky” numbers are used as lottery numbers and every other month, a list of winning numbers is published online. Lottery prizes range from 200NT (~8 USD) for matching the last three numbers in a series to 2 million NT (67K USD) for matching all 8 – gee, wouldn’t that be nice to win?!

On the 23rd of each January, March, May, July, September, and November, the government’s lottery website is bombarded. Then, on the 6th of the following month, winners show up at their local post office to claim their prizes. How do I know this? Because I was recently a “winner”!!

I save my receipts, put them in numberical order (according to the last 3 numbers), and check the numbers every other month. Finally, last month, a receipt for a 249NT purchase at Shengli paid off: I matched 4 numbers and won 1000NT! woohoo!

At the post office on the corner of Anhe and Tonghua, I marched my receipt upstairs to the post office bank, took a number and when my number was called, presented the receipt with my ID and walked out 1000NT richer (ok, I had to pay 2NT to process the ticket but I still WON!). And this month again, I won: 200NT. Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick! Can the 2mil be far off?

Thanksgiving in Taipei

As you might guess, it’s just another workday for us here in Taiwan; at least the sun is shining!  Also, very few people have an oven so no turkey this year! I think Wellcome had some whole turkeys for sale last week but I walked right on past. (I haven’t had turkey in years, seeing as I’m vegetarian but still, it’s the thought.)

When I got home yesterday, a note (in Chinese, of course) appeared in my mailbox. On my way to work this morning I stopped by the 106 post office on Anhe and showed them the note. I was made to understand that something from meiguo (may-goo-ow), America, was sent to me. Apparently, whatever it was, was on a truck out for delivery so the clerk called the driver and had the delivery guy return to the post office. Such great customer service! Turned out to be a wonderful basket of dried fruit from my parents. What great timing! I took the basket to work to put on the “feeding” table and sent the following message (a co-worker composed it) in Chinese:

 我的家人從加州寄了一份水果籃要和大家分享,感恩節快樂!My family sent a fruit basket from California to share with everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!

 Needless to say, it was devoured by my hungry co-workers (and me)! A happy day indeed!

Thanks Mom and Dad!

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