This cat in China was adopted by a lotto outlet owner, who then discovered kitty had a secret lottery talent. PHOTO: Shanghai Daily
A cat raised by a lottery outlet owner Wang in Dalian City has a secret skill.
The black and white pet suddenly jumped from Wang's arms onto the keyboard of the lottery machine and started to tread on the keys.
As the machine was still working at that time, the random input of numbers was recorded as the feline happened to have stepped on the confirm button—an act that cost Wang 10 yuan US$1.60) for five lottery tickets.
"I was a little bit angry at the cat at that time for the waste of my money and took it for granted that these tickets would never win," Wang, who adopted the cat two months ago, told the Shanghai Daily.
But the cat's unexplained dance on the keyboard did prove worthwhile when the lottery results were revealed Sunday night.
All five tickets were winners, with one winning second prize and the others all winning the fifth prize.
The lottery tickets won him a total of 3,271 yuan ($527).
Players in China line up to buy tickets at a lotto store.
The "money cat" was said to have attracted more customers to the outlet to buy lottery tickets after the story was made public, bringing even more fortune to its owner.
To praise the cat, Wang posted the second prize lottery ticket on the wall of his outlet (photo top) with two bold Chinese characters on it - Mao Xuan - or, 'the cat chose it.'