Kerala Man Wins Lottery, Buys Land, And Finds Treasure Hidden In The Land

If luck were to get a synonym, B Rathnakaran Pillai would be an option for it seems like God has spilled all the luck into his share.

Pillai, who in January 2018 had won a Christmas-New Year bumper lottery of ₹6 crores now has unearthed an earthen pot of treasures from the land he bought from lottery prize money.

The resident of Thiruvananthapuram’s Kilimanoor, ever since he won a lottery, had used it to buy small plots of land to grow vegetables on them.


One such piece of land happens to be next to an old Krishna temple, known as the Thirupalkadal Sri Krishna Swami Kshethram.

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One fine morning, Tuesday to be specific, Pillai was tiling the piece of land when he found riches from the erstwhile Kingdom of Travancore buried inside the same.

The pot consisted of 2,595 ancient coins made of copper.


Soon after finding the treasure, Pillai called the police, who then gave a call to the state’s Archaleogy department to investigate the treasure.

As per archeologists, the coins were identified to be used during the reign of two Maharajahs of Travancore.

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The two maharajas were namely Sree Mulam Thirunal Rama Varma (1855-1924) and, Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma (1924-1949 ), the last ruling Maharajah of Travancore.

The Finder The Keeper?

Although Pillai had found the treasure, he doesn’t get to keep the treasure as per Section 3 of the Kerala Treasure Trove Act, 1968.

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The Act states that the finder of any treasure which exceeds in amount or value of Rs 25 or is of historical, archaeological or artistic interest, whatever be its value, shall hand over this find to the district collector or deposit it in the nearest government treasury.

However, Pillai will get a fitting compensation for his find.

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