Jamaican Lottery Winner Shows Up in Emoji Mask to Accept $180 Million Prize

The lottery winner, identified only as N. Gray, wore an emoji mask to protect her identity.
Lottery winner N Gray. SVL Group

To protect her identify, a Jamaican lottery winner just put on a happy face — a big, yellow, emoji face that covered the entire front of her head.

With a mess of tendrils framing the mask, the woman identified only as N Gray arrived to collect the $180 million in Jamaican dollars she won as part of the May 11 Super Lotto jackpot drawing.

She posed for the cameras holding a giant cardboard check and sporting her smiling and winking mask.

"I am elated, because I was drowning in debt," she told The Gleaner. "I started buying Super Lotto in January... Now [that] I've won, I want to clear my debt, invest and I want to do some traveling. I would like to construct a community center for the youths in my community, so they can engage in something productive; somewhere where they can do information technology."

Lottery winners in the Caribbean country often wear disguises when collecting their winnings due to high crime and the fear of being hounded for money from friends and family. 

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