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Astronauts to moon almost won the jackpot in Mumbai

Lottery tickets for astronauts

Lottery tickets for astronauts

Of all the things the Apollo 11 astronauts who achieved the moon landing 50 years ago might have expected back on earth, tickets for the Maharashtra State lottery might have been the least likely.
Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins (and their wives) were each presented with lottery tickets on October 27, 1969 just before they left Bombay for Dacca, Bangladesh as part of a global tour of triumph just months after they blasted off the earth on July 16 and splashed down eight days later.
According to the report in the Times of India of October 28, 1969 Navinchandra Kajaria, the Bombay citizen who gifted them the tickets, said he hoped “that the astronauts who were successful in conquering the moon would be equally lucky in winning the Rs 3-lakh Diwali jackpot of the Maharashtra State lottery.”

In pic: Crowds gathered to greet Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins as they travelled from the Bombay airport in an open car.

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