He wanted the force to be with him.
A man who recently won the lottery in Jamaica dressed up as legendary Star Wars villain, Darth Vader, to pick up his $95 million jackpot. His reason? To keep his identity a secret from others.
A Jamaican lottery winner only known by the name “W. Brown” told The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper that he hid his real identity because he kept mostly to himself and hadn’t told many people about his jackpot winnings.
"Life has always been very rough. I come from a poor family, sometimes I couldn't attend school because my parents didn't have it, but I told myself that God will help me one day so I can help my family," he told the outlet.
The winning ticket was purchased at the Di Endz Sports Bar in May Pen, Jamaica, and the winning numbers are reportedly the same ones he used for the past two decades, based on a premonitions, dreams or omens that could foretell the future.
Brown said found out about his big win while watching the live drawing on TV.
By showing up to collect the symbolic $95 million check from Supreme Ventures' Vice President Gail Abrahams in disguise, Brown said he wanted to wanted to make the right decision first before becoming known.
“I want to decide what is the best thing to do before spending anything. I need to decide what my goals are, but I know I want to own a bus, I love Coasters,” he told the outlet.
With about 11 lottery games running, Supreme Ventures Limited has developed gaming brands and entertainment companies across the Caribbean and in Jamaica since 1995.
Two years ago, another Jamaica resident, N. Gray, showed up to collect her $180,900,000 Super Lotto jackpot adorned with a smiling emoji mask.
Another Supreme Ventures executive said that several Jamaicans hide their physical appearance when accepting the winnings due to the rampant crime in their country.
“Unfortunately, Jamaica is not like other markets. In other markets, they don’t necessarily do it, but here I think they opt to do it to keep themselves safe. We are not going to tell them not to do that because their safety is of paramount importance to us as well,” Assistant Vice President Simone Clarke-Cooper said, according to Daily Star.
“People have been coming with their own disguises. They usually don’t need our help, and they are usually very creative, perhaps beyond anything that we could think of or imagine, and it has been very effective over the years,” she added.