Shyam Kumari Chaudhari, a housewife belonging to a poor family from Siraha, has become a millionaire. She is the first person to win Rs 1 million under Ncell’s scheme to award cash prizes of Rs 1 million each to seven lucky SIM card owners.
Chaudhari arrived in Kathmandu to receive the prize in what was her first visit to the capital. When asked about her plans, she said she was planning to call her husband back from Qatar, put her two children in good schools, buy land and pay back the loan with her prize money. She is uneducated and does not know her exact age. “My husband sent back Rs 100,000 after working for two years in Qatar,” said Chaudhari.
She added that they would repay her loan of Rs 115,000 and buy land. According to her brother Kalyan Bikram Chaudhari, she bought the Ncell SIM card three months ago in Lahan so she could call her husband in Qatar. Ncell CEO Pasi Kointinen handed over a bank cheque for Rs 1 million to Chaudhari on Thursday. He said that the company would pay the applicable taxes so that the winner receives the total prize money of Rs 1 million.
Ncell had announced had present cash prizes of Rs 1 million and a Golden SIM Card each to seven subscribers chosen randomly to celebrate the milestone of seven million subscribers. The number of Ncell’s customers, including users of Ncell Connect, a high-speed data service, reached seven million on Jan 7, 2012.
Ncell said that the remaining six lucky winners would be announced within a week. The company added that it would award eight subscribers with Rs 1 million each when its subscriber base touches the eight-million mark.