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Russian Jew Refuses Lottery Winning if He Must Sign Receipt

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Fears Disclosure of Identity Will Brand Him as Capitalist (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Fearing that he would be branded as a capitalist and lose his job in a Soviet institution, a Russian Jew, winner of the 5,000 rouble prize in the Ozet lottery, refused to sign his name to the receipt for the money, preferring to forfeit the prize money rather than disclose his identity.

The winner refused to give an explanation of his action to the Ozet cashiers, but confided his fears to the correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, who was present in the Ozet office to witness the distribution of the prizes.

The winner was finally paid the sum without having to sign the receipt and departed happy. He confided in the correspondent, only after he assured himself that the correspondent was an American and not a Russian.

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