A former Filipino migrant worker won PHP1 million (US$18,570) during a telecoms company convention in the Philippines

The man, a native of Pangasinan, spent nearly 10 years working overseas to provide for his family of four before deciding to return home and start his own business, Manila Standard said, in a report that did not name the man.

On his return from overseas his wife suggested that he become a prepaid load retailer as she knew someone in the same business who was doing well. Retailers of what in the Philippines is known as “prepaid load” sell balance top-ups to owners of pay-as-you-go mobile telephones.

After a year in the business, the couple saw that it was able to support their family’s expenses, meaning that the former migrant worker would be able to stay home for good.

Telecommunications company Smart recently held its annual convention for more than 2,000 of its prepaid load retailers. There, the former migrant worker took part in the Ka-Partner raffle draw for a chance to win prizes such as cash, mobile phones and a motorcycle.

The family man, who has now been in the telecoms business for 11 years, won the grand prize of PHP1 million. He said he will use the prize money to fund his children’s education and further expand his prepaid load business.