Santiago Martin is a lottery king based out of Coimbatore with lottery business in northeastern states. He is believed to be worth more than Rs 30,000 crore asset base, and the ED had conducted several raids at his premises in Coimbatore and other parts of the country. Martin was a labour contractor in Myanmar and landed back to TN in 1988 and commenced his lottery business. He was jailed during the Karunandihi government under several charges. He was also close to the CPI-M government of Kerala and had donated liberally to the coffers of the party and there were allegations of the party leaders accepting Rs 2 crore as advertisement for its mouth piece 'Deshabhimani'.