The tale of an impoverished 30-year-old migrant and his battle with gambling addiction has recently been making rounds on social media ahead of Chinese New Year.
According to NetEase, Xie Yuecong first left his hometown in 2003 to make a living as a laborer after graduating from compulsory education.
Over the intervening period he has only returned home three times, each time due to money problems because Yue has stubbornly clung to the dream of winning the lottery and coming home with riches to bestow upon his family.
His troubles began while working in Hangzhou when he first saw an advertisement enticing people to “buy a lottery ticket, win big, and return home.” He has been at it ever since regardless of where his work takes him.
His commitment to pursing a lottery jackpot was only strengthened in 2015 when a friend of his won a huge pot of money, buying a car and returning to his hometown in style.
Yue’s gambling problems recently came to a head after he was recently committed to Number 3 People’s Hospital in Hangzhou and escorted back to his hometown ahead of this year’s Chinese New Year festival.
Expecting to be humiliated upon arriving home penniless, Yue was given a warm welcome by his family, the village, and even the local party secretary. Fireworks were set off and the party secretary handed out gifts.
Although they are still getting accustomed to living together after several years apart, his parents are overjoyed at his return. Yue says he has no idea what he will do next after the Spring Festival, but he still hopes to bring back riches for his family.
By Stanley Yu