“Hyung, be safe!”
“Yeah. And you behave yourself while I’m gone.”
“What would I do? And who do you think am I, anyway?”
“You’re my precious brother. And I’m just worried about you, especially after that incident with Bang Tae Gyu. If someone comes looking for us, don’t open the door.”
“If you’re so worried, why don’t you take me with you?”
“I can’t. It’s a national rule to claim the prize alone.”
“I want to go too…”
“Okay, I’m going.”
Ryu Min waved his hand as he walked towards his destination, it was none other than the main branch of Nonhyup Bank, where he would collect his lottery prize.
“It was tough holding out until Monday,” he thought to himself.
Ever since they found out about their win on Saturday, he and his brother had a modest party. They grilled pork belly outside and had their first-ever dining out experience.
“We couldn’t afford Hanwoo beef, but it was still worth it,” Ryu Min reminisced.
Although it was only a one-time experience, the impact of dining out hit hard. Their living expenses were now down to the wire, with only enough money left for the bus fare.
“Still, we managed to get by with ramen until Monday,” Ryu Min thought optimistically.
He could only receive his winnings on a weekday when the bank was open. So, as long as he had enough money for the bus fare, his finances were not a problem. All he had to do was go to the bank and millions of won would be deposited into his account.
“The next stop is Nonhyup Central Branch at Seodaemun Station Intersection,” the bus announced.
Ryu Min got off the bus and walked down the street. Soon, he saw a tall building in front of him – it was the main branch of Nonhyup Bank where he would receive his prize.
Normally, he would be nervous before entering, but…
“Maybe it’s because it’s the umpteenth time I’ve collected a first prize, but I don’t feel nervous at all,” Ryu Min thought.
The bank was crowded with customers, but none of them were lottery winners like him.
Ryu Min approached the lobby desk of the new building and said as he had before, “I’m here to collect my lottery first prize.”
“Ah, I see. Congratulations, lucky customer,” the bank employee replied.
The employee wasn’t surprised at all. After all, first-prize winners were quite common, happening every week.
However, the employee couldn’t help but glance at Ryu Min.
“He looks quite young to have won first prize,” the employee thought to himself.
Although there were lottery winners in their 20s, Ryu Min looked so young that he could have been mistaken for a high school student. The employee needed to confirm that this wasn’t a lie or a mistake.
“If it’s not too much trouble, could you tell me where you bought the ticket?” the employee asked.
“I bought it at the GS24 Yeonhui branch,” Ryu Min replied.
“What? Ah…” the employee exclaimed involuntarily.
She remembered the conversation she had with her superior before she took her seat at the desk.
“This time, there were 107 first-prize winners.”
“What? 107? That’s a lot, isn’t it?”
“Yes, compared to the usual 10, it’s a new record. But you know what’s even more amazing? 100 of them came from the same location.”
“Excuse me? Only one spot? Did one person buy all of them?”
“That’s right. Someone played 100 tickets with the same numbers and won first place.”
“Wow… that’s amazing. It’s envy-inducing to win just one, let alone 100 tickets…”
“I checked, and the prize money is enormous. Anyway, I’m preparing myself in case I have to collect the prize money this week. If someone who bought the ticket at GS24 Yeonhui branch shows up, be sure to call me. They’re a top-tier VVIP customer.”
The employee’s mind flashed with the words of their boss.
“Um, I’m sorry, but could you wait a moment?”
After asking for permission, the employee got up and returned with someone else.
“Oh, thank you for waiting. I’m Kwon Joon-ho, the branch manager of Nonhyup Bank.”
“Hello, I’m Ryu Min.”
Ryu Min shook the bank manager’s hand lightly with a calm expression.
“You won first place. Congratulations, lucky customer.”
“We shouldn’t be doing this here. Let me escort you personally.”
Ryu Min rode the elevator with the bank manager to the third floor.
Meanwhile, the bank manager glanced at Ryu Min.
“Look at this. This young man doesn’t seem nervous at all?”
Not only did he win first place, but he, the bank manager himself, had come down to meet Ryu Min.
It would have been natural for Ryu Min to be nervous, but he remained calm.
In fact, he seemed even more relaxed than before, which was quite impressive to the bank manager.
“Come this way,” the bank manager led Ryu Min to the lottery department.
Ryu Min ignored other winners who came to collect their prizes as he walked past them. He couldn’t afford to wait around, especially after winning the jackpot in 100 tickets.
“Oh, Mr. Bank Manager, is that you?” A staff member greeted Ryu Min with a sidelong glance, bending down slightly to get a better look at him.
“Who is he? Is he the bank manager’s son?” The employee wondered, but the bank manager introduced Ryu Min before she could ask.
“This is our VVIP lucky customer who came to collect his prize. Please assist him with anything he needs,” the bank manager said with a smile.
“VVIP?” The employee finally realized who Ryu Min was. “The winner of 100 games at GS24 Yeonhui branch?”
Surprised, the employee stepped forward and greeted Ryu Min.
“I’m glad to meet you, lucky customer. Please have a seat here on this comfy couch.”
“Are you thirsty? Can I get you something to drink? Coffee, juice, or green tea…?” the employee asked with a smile.
“No, thank you. I just want to collect my prize and go home as soon as possible,” Ryu Min replied.
“I see. Then may I see your winning lotto tickets first?” The employee asked.
Ryu Min took out 20 lotto tickets from his pocket and handed them over to the employee. As she checked the numbers, she couldn’t hide her surprise. All 100 games were the same, and they were definitely the winning numbers.
‘Can you see the future or something, why would anyone pick the same numbers like this and still be right?’ The employee couldn’t hide her envy.
“Verification completed. Congratulations, all 100 games were first-place winners.” the employee announced after verifying the tickets.
“Yey, and how much did I win?” Ryu Min was trying to match her energy.
“The Total Prize was 205 Billion won. There are 107 winning tickets this time, and you sir, have 100 of them…” The employee was having a hard time swallowing her saliva.
“Your winning prize is approximately… 192 billion won!”
If you deduct the tax, Ryu Min would still receive about 150 billion won in his bank account.
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