Japanese Man Accidentally Paid £290,000 In Covid Relief Money Meant For 460 People...Squander All

A Japanese man who was accidentally paid £290,000 in Covid relief money intended for 463 low-income households has vanished after losing it all in a month through online gambling, the BBC reports.

A government support scheme for those suffering Covid hardship was intended to pay each household £620 in the southern town of Abu in Japan's Yamaguchi Prefecture.

But due to a blunder, on April 8 the entire amount - 46.3m yen or £290,000 - ended up in one man's account.