Last week’s R158-million lottery winner is still processing her massive fortune. According to a jobless mother who is the second-highest PowerBall jackpot winner in South African National Lottery history, the winning numbers keep replaying in her mind.
“No, I’m not a fortunate person. I simply consider myself to be blessed.”
This is the case, according to a jobless mother from the North West who has come forward to claim her R158 million PowerBall jackpot prize. She missed the live draw and was surprised when she checked the app later.
Ithuba, the National Lottery’s organizer, announced on Monday that the woman had come forward to claim her winnings from the July 27 draw.
“I’m still in a state of shock, overwhelm, and ecstasy after winning the R158 million PowerBall jackpot. The funds arrived at an ideal time for my family, as I was laid off due to Covid-19 last year.
“In my head, I keep replaying the winning numbers. I’ve been playing the same numbers in both PowerBall and Lotto games for a long time. For some strange reason, I missed the live draw broadcast on Tuesday, so I decided to check the results on my Absa banking app, and I got the shock of my life.
“I knew I’d won the R158 million PowerBall jackpot when I saw the winning PowerBall numbers, but I kept checking the numbers throughout the day to make sure I wasn’t mistaken or waking up from a dream,” the winner explained.
She used her online banking app to play and only spent R15 on the winning ticket via the manual selection option. For the PowerBall, she chose the numbers 5, 12, 15, 28, 29, and 14. She is now the South African lotto’s second-highest PowerBall jackpot winner. She is the most recent jackpot winner in 2021, as well as the most recent online jackpot winner since Ithuba assumed control of the game in 2015.
She intends to invest so that the family can live comfortably, but she also has a few surprises in store for her close family and friends.
“I would love to travel to Durban because I have never been there before and have always wanted to go there for a family vacation by the sea,” she said when asked what she intends to do with her unexpected wealth.
“With the assistance of an interior designer and the best architect, a portion of the winnings will go toward creating and furnishing our dream home, ensuring that everything I’ve always imagined as a small girl becomes exactly what I envision.
“We plan to invest a large portion of our winnings in the stock market, which will allow my family and me to live comfortably. The remaining winnings will be placed in an education trust for our children’s education, with a portion donated to charity,” she explained.
Ithuba CEO Charmaine Mabuza congratulated the winner.
“We have always taken a creative and technologically driven approach. We’ve kept up with the times, and technology has proven to be one of the most effective tools for carrying out our mission and bringing the South African National Lottery up to international standards.
“One way we’ve used technology is to give our players a variety of options for playing their favourite National Lottery games by providing alternate, trustworthy platforms. We wanted to give our players as much convenience as possible, and our collaboration with banks allows them to play Lottery games from anywhere, at any time, on trusted platforms of their choice,” Mabuza added.
Omar Baig, Absa’s head of transactional banking, expressed his delight that his company’s app was used to collect the prize.
“Enabling consumers to play the Lotto from the comfort of the Absa banking app, smartphone banking, and online banking demonstrates our commitment to meeting our customers’ everyday banking needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said.
Since the massive win, her life has been a whirlwind of consultations, including trauma counselling and financial assistance, to help her cope with such a massive windfall.