4-Year-Old Boy Wins Rights to Tropical Island in Lottery

A 4-year-old boy won the use of an uninhabited tropical island in a Taiwan lottery intended to boost spending during the economic downturn Thursday, Reuters reported.

The boy, Yeh Chien-wei, won the rights to the island from May through September, and he and up to seven family members can visit it five times, for up to three days each trip, officials said, according to Reuters.

Penghu county will provide food, drinks, water and electricity.

"Penghu has a lot of islands, and that one has water and electricity, so someone can really enjoy it," county economic promotion official Lu Yan-chang said when explaining how the island came to be offered as a lottery prize, Reuters reported.

In January the government gave every citizen vouchers worth about $103 to encourage spending, and counties throughout Taiwan have offered prizes, including houses and cars, Reuters reports.

According to local media reports, the boy hopes to play in the sea.

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