Man disguises himself in 'Scream' mask to accept $158.4 million lotto check

Man disguises himself in 'Scream' mask to accept $158.4 million lotto check

Lottery winner wears 'Scream' mask to hide identity

Dressed in a mask of "Ghostface" - a character in the "Scream" movies with a signature white face and long, wide-opened mouth - the victor, only identified as A. Campbell, collected his winnings of roughly $158,400,000 in Jamaican dollars, which equates to over $1,171,400 in United States dollars.

The ghoulish victor picked up a cheque for a whopping $158.4 million in the Super Lotto jackpot, though this sum is considerably less whopping when you convert it from Jamaican dollars to USA dollars ($1.17 million / £907,000).

Decked out in a full-length coat, long trousers, gloves and the mask made famous by the horror movie franchise, he arrived incognito in a bid to hide his identity - a common practice in the Caribbean given the high levels of crime and fears of being hounded for money by family and friends.

Campbell was the 17th victor of the Super Lotto from Jamaica.

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Winning the lottery may seem like a dream come true, but the fear of getting robbed after that? "I had a belly ache for two weeks, sometimes I feel so much pain I forgot that I had won", Campbell told St. Lucia's The Loop.

The man won the lottery almost two months ago, but said he was sick and didn't collect the jackpot until now.

'So I'm looking at things that can turn over the money.

Determined to protect his identity, the victor collected his $1.6 million wearing a scream mask.

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Simone Clarke-Cooper, a lottery organizer, said that prior winners have used disguises for protection. "I don't beg, I don't borrow", he said.

She noted: "People have been coming with their own disguises".

'Normally, I would write down the numbers from the [televised] draw, eat and then go and check my numbers, ' he said.

She added: "I started buying Super Lotto in January..."

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Wes Craven's "Scream" is one of the most successful horror film franchises in history after the first movie was released in 1996.

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