This 8-Year-Old Boy Skips Breakfast Everyday to Buy Lottery Tickets So That His Sick Father May Live

lottery 5

“Happiness is a state of mind” may be a cliche, but damned if it isn’t true. Our happiness is strongly tied to our thankfulness, and no matter what you’re going through, after reading this story, you will find something to have gratitude for.

An 8-year-old boy named Song Biyang from Hubei, China has spent almost five months skipping breakfast. Why? He’s been using the money he’s saved in order to buy lottery tickets in the hopes of winning it big — so that his sick father can get the kidney transplant he needs in order to live.

lottery 6

According to Xinhua, the boy’s grandmother would give him 2 rmb (approximately 32 cents) every day for breakfast, but instead of buying food, Song would walk to a local store where he was apparently allowed to buy lottery tickets.

Song’s dad is divorced and had to quit work due to his deteriorating health. The kidney transplant is expected to cost around 300,000 rmb (about $48,144), an exorbitant amount for such a poor family.

lottery 3

To appease his hunger, the boy said he would drink water to make himself feel full for school everyday.

Song’s efforts have been unsuccessful, as he’s only managed to win 10 yuan (less than $2) since he’s started.

lottery 1

When the boy’s shocked father learned of his son’s ploy, he tried telling him to stop to no avail. Since then, Song’s grandmother has been giving him 3 rmb (about 48 cents) every morning so that he can buy something to eat in addition to his lottery ticket.

Source: Shanghaiist

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: