The soelras included farm machines, power tillers and Jersey cows
Event: Most people, who queued to enter the Sherubling Higher Secondary School ground yesterday morning, had prayers on their lips. People not only prayed for a successful celebration of the 109th National Day but also for the soelra lottery prizes.
But not everyone’s prayer was fulfilled, as there were 10 prizes for more than 5,000 people gathered. However, only nine of the prizes were claimed as of yesterday.
A farmer and a businessman took away the most coveted prizes of the day, the two power tillers.
Farmer Sonam Wangchuk from Tangsibji took away the mini power tiller with accessories worth Nu 256,128 and a businessman from Enducholing in Langthel, Tenzin Dorji, took the YANMAR power tiller with rotary tiller, plough, trailer, paddy wheel and hitch adapter worth Nu 351,914.
Both men said they prayed when they were handed the lottery tickets in the morning but not for any specific prize.
Sonam Wangchuk said he woke up at 1am and reached the ground by 4:30am. “I feel honoured to have won this soelra lottery prize,” he said. “It will benefit me immensely.”
He said he never used a mini power tiller but he will have to learn now. “Almost 50 percent of households in the village own power tillers and learning should be easy.”
His power tiller is currently parked in front of his neighbour’s house since there is no road to his house. He transported the power tiller in a Toyota Hilux belonging to his brother-in-law.
Sonam Wangchuk said he will now have to consult an astrologer to celebrate and is expecting his neighbours to come to offer dhar.
Tenzin Dorji also said he doesn’t know how to use a power tiller and he will have to learn as well. “This will bring me lots of luck, since it is a soelra from His Majesty The King.”
His said the power tiller was still on the way to his home as of yesterday evening and his son-in-law’s brother was driving it there.
He added that he will celebrate tomorrow by taking his power tiller to Enducholing monastery for consecration. “People will definitely come to offer dear.”
A retired soldier, Dilip Darjey, took home a cream separator worth Nu 12,880 and a class VI student of Tsangkha Lower Secondary School got a grass cutter worth Nu 28,000.
A woman, Karma Choden and a farmer from Kuengarabten, Tashi, took away the two Jersey cows with calves worth Nu 40,000 each.
A housewife, Tshitim Zangmo, got a power thresher worth Nu 50,000.
She said she initially decided to send the thresher home in Kangpara, Trashigang, but her parents suggested that she sell it and buy a maize mill since they don’t grow much rice in the locality.
Four boys helped to carry the thresher to her home near the dzong.
A class VI student of Trongsa Primary School, Kinley Wangchuk, took home a mini flour mill worth Nu 21,500.
The son of a bank security guard, Kinley said he will let his father decide what to do with the prize. “We are from Lhuentse and I think he will send it home.”
Kinley said he is extremely happy that he got the prize. “My prayers are answered. Anything from His Majesty The King will be treasured.”
Pema, 26, from Nabji Korphu won a rice mill with electric motor worth Nu 31,008.
He was so excited that he couldn’t even remember his mobile number when Kuensel spoke with him. “I am so happy that I got this prize,” he said. “My prayers got answered. I prayed for a soelra,” Pema said.
Meanwhile, comedians Phurba Thinley, Gem Tshering and Gem Dorji made the event lively. They even sang songs and took a ride in Tenzin Dorji’s power tiller.
Tashi Dema and Nima Wangdi